Longtime Garwood resident, planning board member and council meeting regular, Bruce Paterson announced his candidacy for November's Garwood council election at Tuesday's council meeting.
Paterson said his candidacy is not affiliated with a particular local party but that he is a registered Democrat. He cited ousting council incumbent Jim Mathieu as his top reason for running.
"Recently I felt I had to make this jump because there's a councilman up for
reelection that I feel is not good for town for next three years," Paterson told Patch. We saw nothing
but stress while he has been on council. He's alienated members of the Dept. of Public Works, police, crossing guards, his fellow council members and residents."
"As I told Patch in when Garwood's Republican voters chose me as their candidate in the primary, I was disappointed the Democrats didn't field their own candidates for the general election," said Mathieu. "We need competition among ideas and beliefs so the voters have a real choice when they go to the polls. I wish Bruce the best of luck."