To the Editor:
My name is Luis Nicolao, and I am running for Hopewell Township Committee as a Republican candidate. I have had the privilege of living in Hopewell for 19 years, and my wife Kellie and I can still remember taking our daughters, both of whom are in college now, to their first days of elementary school at Stony Brook.
I am a 1992 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served eight years in the military. During my time in the military, I was a surface warfare officer, and I had the honor of serving in the Persian Gulf war. After my honorable discharge from the Navy, I became the head coach of men’s and women’s water polo at Princeton University, where I am still currently coaching.
I have always been vocal about our local government and how it affects our community. Now that my daughters are in college, I realize I now have the time and the ability to be more than just vocal, but be actively part of the solution. Our community is facing many issues, including the PennEast Pipeline, suitable locations for state mandated affordable housing, and getting our long overdue senior center built. These issues need to be carefully planned, as they will have a lasting impact on our taxes and traffic congestion. I, as many of you, have seen our property taxes increase to a point that residents are either leaving or plan to leave. During the past few years, I have read about proposed budget promises, and those promises have not been kept. I no longer can take these empty promises. We need people who can act and deliver on their word.
I am running with my good friend and neighbor, Phil Volpe, Mr. Cream King. The two of us ask for your vote so we can help make Hopewell affordable for all residents. I loved having the opportunity to serve my country, and now asking for your vote to serve in a different capacity, as a Hopewell Township committee member.