Cassio Says Rahway Residents Deserve Better

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Republican mayoral candidate Patrick Cassio (center) and council candidates Jeff Spatola (left) and Kevin Retcho (right) begin their campaign at a rally outside City Hall on Thursday

RAHWAY — Municipal Republican chairman Patrick J. Cassio kicked off his mayoral campaign with a news conference in front of City Hall yesterday afternoon.

“Rahway needs new blood in City Hall and I believe that my values and sensible ideas will turn this city back in the right direction,” Cassio said.


He continued that there were too many unfinished projects downtown and too many tax hikes that have made the citizens uneasy about continuing with the Mayor James Kennedy’s program of borrowing and spending with no accountability.

Cassio will likely face Freeholder Rick Proctor, who has the backing of the Democratic Party organization, for the mayor’s office in November. Kennedy announced earlier this week that he would not seek re-election.

“Mr. Proctor will only bring more of the same as he already has two taxpayer jobs and is one of the architects of the badly broken government policies in our county and municipal governments that have been financially bleeding the residents,” Cassio stated.

Joining Cassio on the Republican ticket are James F. Grady, 33, Kevin Retcho, 44,  and Jeff Spatola, 43, pursuing at large seats on the city council.

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