Please read the attached note from one of the six candidates for Ridgewood government.
His message really resonated with me.

Yours Truly,
Gwenn Hauck

Richard Brooks for Ridgewood Village Council

At no other time in the history of our Village have we deliberated so many opportunities that effect fundamental areas of our lives here, including housing, transportation and financial health. For the most part, it has been a vigorous and healthy debate, with a variety of perspectives presented as the current council nears decisions on all of these issues. In some ways, though, Ridgewood has fallen victim to pettiness and, frankly, un-Ridgewood-like behavior, as emotions get ahead of facts, tempers fray and anger and distrust dominate many of our discussions.

With your help, I want to change this and empower our community to move confidently into the future. It is with pride and excitement that I announce my candidacy for Ridgewood Village Council. There are three seats being contested in this election, which will take place on May 10, 2016.

I have embraced “Ridgewood Exceptionalism,” and it is evident everywhere I look. In our highly-ranked schools, where innovation and excellence thrive. In our downtown, regularly cited as one of the most attractive and popular business districts in the state. In our array of beautiful parklands and wildscapes that provide a vast selection of active and passive recreation opportunities. And finally, in our citizens, who constitute a wonderful patchwork of people whose interests are as broad and interesting as the mind can imagine.

My professional experience in corporate communications and strategic planning has provided me with a good skill set that will allow me to prioritize issues and act quickly on your behalf. In addition, during the past 24 years, I have been fortunate to serve my neighbors in a variety of ways, including:

  • As a volunteer and board member for athletic and school organizations
  • A board member for social service non-profit institutions in Ridgewood and Bergen County
  • A member and current chair of the Ridgewood Parks, Recreation and Conservation Board
  • A soccer and lacrosse coach at Ridgewood High School

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “We must always consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill—the eyes of all people are upon us.” JFK’s profound words reflect my feelings about our great Village. Ridgewood is an exceptional community, with outstanding citizens who have forged a great community in the past, the present and will in the future. We treasure the institutions we have built here, the families we have reared here and the legacies that we will leave here. And yes, people throughout the region always have their eyes on Ridgewood to see how we do things.

Indeed, it is a tremendously exciting time. Please help me to keep the dialogue positive and respectful and keep Ridgewood moving forward. We can address all of the challenges we face as a community through cordial, fact-based dialogue and reach a consensus that benefits all Village residents, not just the loudest or most aggressive. I humbly ask for your support for my candidacy for Village Council by voting for me on May 10. If you have questions about me or where I stand on the issues that will confront the Village Council in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me at (201) 707-2590 or


Richard S. Brooks

P.S. Please feel free to share this letter with your friends and neighbors. The more, the better. And, if you don’t want to be contacted anymore, just let me know at the email address above.


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