by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com Published 1:45pm
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Last month, "Team Tempesta," the West Caldwell Republican candidates for Mayor and Council, Joseph Tempesta Jr., Michael Docteroff and Kathy Canale, held a 2014 Campaign Kickoff Event at Cucina Calandra in Fairfield. The event, attended by approximately 175 people, was considered by the team as a successful fundraiser.
Campaign Chairman Michael Crudele started the event by stating "West Caldwell is a place my wife and I and our three children chose to live, coming from Clifton five years ago, because in doing our research we found that the community of West Caldwell is a great community to raise a family with a solid school system, good value for the home we purchased and fair taxes for the services we receive.”
Emcee for the event was West Caldwell Councilman Tom O’Hern who promptly and enthusiastically stirred up the crowd requesting a cheer every time the word “team” was used which was recorded approximately 17 times throughout the evening.
Together Crudele and O’Hern announced the rest of the Campaign team:
Council Candidate Kathy Canale graduated from Rutgers University and is currently employed as a Library Assistant with the C-WC Board of Education. She is married to Gary and has three children: Madison, Claudia and Julia.
Canale stated, “I am running not for hope and change but rather to keep and maintain the small community character that West Caldwell is and remains the type of Town in which our family grew up. I look forward to the challenges and pressures to maintain our small town character and look forward to serving the community I have lived in for almost my entire life.”
Incumbent West Caldwell
Councilman Michael Docteroff, running for his first three year full term, stated “My experience for the past six months has been both rewarding and challenging. Being a member of the Planning and Technology Committee as well as the Recreation and Parks Committee was a good fit for me personally as both my professional background in technology and my volunteer background in coaching and as President of the Caldwell Gridiron Club made for an easy transition to help our community. I look forward to more positive changes for the Township in the area of technology and I look forward to working with Mayor Joe Tempesta and Kathy Canale as well as the rest of the Council Team over the next three years.”
Docteroff is a graduate of Manhattan College and is a successful entrepreneur in the field of technology serving as President of M.A.D. Technologies offering consulting expertise primarily in the area of technology for the Hospitality Industry. He is married to Stacy Veneri Docteroff and has two children, Lauren and Jack.
Joseph Tempesta Jr. is currently serving his fourth term as Mayor of the Township of West Caldwell. Tempesta stated, “I have been re-energized and I am excited to run with Kathy Canale and Michael Docteroff for this year’s Republican ticket for West Caldwell. We have accomplished an awful lot together but there is still much more to do. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and will continue to work hard to keep West Caldwell a great place to live work and raise a family.”
Tempesta is a graduate of Montclair State College and is the East Hanover Township Business Administrator. He is married to Anne Botto Tempesta and they have a son, Joe.
The event was also attended by political supporters from around the West Essex area including:
All three West Caldwell candidates have experience in public service and leadership roles in making decisions for the Township. The Tempesta Team looks forward to a healthy debate on the issues and looks forward to a positive campaign in the fall.
For more information, access Team Tempesta's website online here.