Campaigning at Post Office

Back at the Brookside Post Office to meet with voters and discuss their concerns and answer questions.

Morris County elected women

I co-hosted an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which drew a bipartisan group of local, county and state elected women from across Morris County.

Clambake

The Brookside Engine Co. No. 1 transformed the Annual Clambake into a successful, grab-and-go eat-at-home event.

Historic Sign Pic

I spearheaded the purchase of new signs for our historic districts and a township park.

Stigma Free Task Force

I spent a summer evening meeting residents with members of the Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force, during National Night Out.

July 4 parade

With our traditional July 4th Parade canceled because of COVID-19, the Township Committee, volunteer fire departments, police, the Rotary Club of the Mendhams and others brought the holiday spirit to the town with a drive-by parade!

Stigma-Free Task Force with banner

The Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force installed banners to promote awareness of Pride Month.

Drive In Movie

I helped at the Recreation Department's drive-in movie night, a fun family event out during the pandemic.

Stigma Free Signs

During the pandemic, the Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force, which I chair, organized a mental health awareness campaign, including lawn signs with hopeful messages throughout the community.

Mendham Gives Back

I helped organize the Mendham Gives Back campaign in which residents donated clothing, food and more, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rotary recognition

As a member of the Rotary Club of the Mendhams, I enjoyed reading a Proclamation recognizing the club's charitable works and support of local students through college scholarships.

Volunteering a Rotary Club event

Along with many other volunteers, I helped package instant meals in an event organized by the Madison Rotary Club, which were donated to local food pantries.

Schiff Soup Contest

Schiff Nature Preserve's first soup contest brought out some talented cooks!

Rotary Club

A wonderful time donating dictionaries with members of the Rotary Club of the Mendhams to local students at the Hilltop School.

MLK Breakfast

A pleasure to be with Vanessa Brown, the president of the Morris County NAACP at the inspirational breakfast celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Observance Committee.

Mental Health Association Anniversary Di

I was honored to support the 75th anniversary of the Mental Health Association of New Jersey.

Menorah Lighting

At the first public lighting of a menorah in the Mendhams with Township Deputy Mayor Sarah Neibart and Mendham Borough Mayor Christine Serrano-Glassner.

League of Muncipalities

At the League of Municipalities, I was excited my resolution to restore the full State And Local Tax deduction (SALT) was unanimously approved.

Hispanic Heritage Month

I was invited to speak at the township Middle School for Hispanic Heritage Month about my family's journey from the Dominican Republic to New Jersey.

Environmental Commission

The Environmental Commission dedicated a plaque in honor of two longtime members who created many of the miles of trails that make Mendham Township a beautiful and unique community!

Panel with Girls Scouts

Enjoyed meeting with Girl Scouts from across New Jersey to discuss their aspirations and how to make a difference at the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.

Clambake

The annual Clambake supports Brookside Engine Company No. 1!

Stigma Free Task Force Workshop

The Stigma-Free Task Force, which I chair, co-sponsored a workshop on youth mental health with the Mendham Township School District.

Recreation Concert

We said good-bye to summer at an outdoor concert sponsored by the township Recreation Department.

Labor Day Parade

Marching with the Mendham Township Committee and Rep. Mikie Sherrill at the annual Mendham Borough Labor Day Parade.

Morris County 4-H Fair

It was fun to be part of a special meet-and-greet with Chester Mayor Janet Hoven, County Clerk Ann Grossi and Mendham Township Mayor Warren Gisser at the annual Morris County 4-H Fair.

July 4 parade

The Township Committee, with Assemblyman Bucco, gets ready to march in the July 4th Parade in Brookside.

Rec Director and Chief

The Annual Patriots' Race & Kids' Fun Run was a big success, thanks to our Recreation Director David Guida and Police Chief Ross Johnson.

Habitat for Humanity Build

I worked alongside elected officials from across Morris County at a Habitat for Humanity build in Roxbury.

Awarding Scholarship

It was a pleasure to award scholarships on behalf of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee to deserving Mendham High School seniors.

Ralston Playground Opening

It was exciting to officially re-open Ralston Playground with Matt and Teresa Finlay, who founded the original playground, and Pat Lonergan. They were all big donors to this community effort.

Ralston Fire Company dinner

I was humbled to accept an award from the Ralston Fire Engine Co. #1 at their annual recognition dinner.

Earth Day cleanup

Residents from Mendham and other towns met at Schiff Nature Preserve to pick up trash along nearby roadways as part of the annual Raritan Headwaters Earth Day cleanup.

Seder dinner

Mendham's first Seder Community Dinner was a wonderful inter-faith event!

Autism Panel

The Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force, which I am leading, sponsored an "Autism in Our Community" panel with parents and professionals for Autism Awareness Month in April.

Autism Proclamation

A local resident, whose child has autism, came to our Township Committee meeting in April to accept a Proclamation for Autism Awareness Month.

Mikie and Michael

I enjoyed marching in Morristown's St. Patrick's Day Parade with Rep. Mikie Sherrill.

Reading a Proclamation

So honored to recognize former Board of Adjustment member Norm Preston for his 34 years of service to the community.

MLK breakfast event

Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.., Day at the annual Morris Inter-Faith Breakfast with LD-25 Candidate Darcy Drager and Morris Township Deputy Mayor Cathy Wilson.

Office Hours

Residents have been taking the opportunity to meet me at Town Hall, during my regular Office Hours.

Morris County NAACP

A wonderful evening of celebration with Morris County NAACP President Vanessa Brown, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., Morristown's Mayor Tim Dougherty and his wife, Mary.

Rep Sherrill's DC swearing in

In DC for Rep. Mikie Sherrill's swearing-in celebration with my son, Matthew; Mountain Lakes Mayor Lauren Barnett, and Harding Township Committee Candidate Kate Barry.

Morris County OEM

I took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management's Operations and 911 Center, a critical shared service.

Daytop Brunch

An inspiring holiday brunch at Daytop New Jersey, featuring songs of the season and a message of hope in recovery!

Mendham Business Golf

A fun day with friends at the Mendham Business Association's annual golf tournament.

JCP&L Forum

In October 2018, I organized a Community Forum with JCP&L Area Manager Rob Walton.

PBA Golf Tournament

It was a beautiful afternoon at the 6th Annual First-Responders Golf Outing at Mendham Golf & Tennis Club!

Harvest Hustle race

It was perfect weather for the 10th Annual Harvest Hustle 5K in Mendham Borough.

Labor Day Parade with Mikie Sherrill

Rep. Mikie Sherrill showed her support for Mendham at the borough's Labor Day Parade!

Labor Day parade

Getting ready to march in the 2018 Mendham Borough Labor Day parade with other town officials.

Duarte with Sam and Diane Tolley

I congratulated former Mayor Sam Tolley and Diane Tolley, who were recognized with the Community Service Award at the July 4th parade!

Patriots' Race 2018

Thankful to these ladies for keeping the Patriots' Race tradition going in its 10th year!

Jersey Girls State

Honored to share the stage with Gov. Christie Todd Whitman at Jersey Girls State.

Library fundraiser

Enjoyed a wine tasting evening fund-raiser at the Library organized by the Board of Trustees.

Earth Day cleanup

My son Matthew and I joined about 40 other volunteers at the 2018 Earth Day cleanup, organized by the town's Environmental Commission.

Local elected officials

Breakfast and networking with other Morris County Democratic local elected officials.

Tammy Murphy

My son Matthew and I had a wonderful opportunity to meet New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy.

2018 candidates

It's the year of the woman! A powerful group are running at the local and county level in 2018.

Rutgers conference

I was honored to present on a panel at the Ready to Run conference held at Rutgers University in March 2018 and meet so many women who are stepping up to serve their communities!

First Aid Squad officers

I was thrilled to attend the 2018 First Aid Squad dinner to support their incredible volunteer community service.

Women's March

A peaceful and positive day with the Mendham Democrats at the 2018 Women's March in Morristown.

Family photo

We're happy together! My husband and two children are at my side for my swearing-in on Jan. 5, 2018.

Swearing-in ceremony

My son Matthew holds an old family Bible at my Jan. 5, 2018, swearing-in ceremony, while Michael Thompson, treasurer of the Mendham Township Democrats, does the honors.

Campaign team celebrating.

This dedicated team of Mendham volunteers, plus others not in the photo, were critical to the big win!

Canvassing with the kids

A fun afternoon canvassing with my son and a high school friend.

Photo of wine and cheese party

It has been wonderful to meet residents in neighborhood wine-and-cheese parties and coffees.

Candidates at the Hunt

Inspiring to see New Jersey's first woman Governor Christie Todd Whitman at the annual Far Hills Race Meeting (the Hunt) with Peapack-Gladstone candidate, Amy Dietrich, and state assembly candidate Lacey Rzeszowski.

Family photo

My husband, Gene Messina, daughter, Elena, a student at Northeastern University, and Matthew, 15, a sophomore at Mendham High School.

July 4th parade

It was fantastic to march through the streets of Brookside on July 4th with fellow female candidates!

Beckerman Party Pic

A big crowd of supporters enjoyed my Fall campaign kick off!

Meet up

I have been holding meet-ups in the park to hear from residents and discuss town issues.

Work meeting

At ECLC of New Jersey, I have won numerous grants and helped raise the nonprofit's profile as Public Affairs Director.

Movie Night in the Park

Old-fashioned fun at a Movie Night in the Park with my fellow Recreation Commissioners, a crowd of young families and treats from Schiff Nature Preserve and the Mendham Creamery.

I have been walking Mendham's neighborhoods, meeting voters and listening to what's on their minds.

I am the lead organizer of the Mendham Patriots' Race and highly appreciate the support of Mendham Township Police with this annual charity event.

It's time for a change.

Meeting residents and listening to their concerns at the historic Brookside post office.

I officially kicked off my campaign with an enthusiastic group of Mendham Democrats, friends, family and other supporters.

Celebrating Earth Day with a trash clean-up crew at Mendham's Schiff Nature Preserve.

A family summer wedding with my husband, Gene Messina, and our children, Elena, 20, and Matthew, 14, was a chance to dress up and celebrate.

Since 2011, I have served as Race Director for the annual Mendham Patriots 5K Race, which has raised $50,000+ for the community.

Serving on the Board of Adjustment is another opportunity to help the community.

Marking Autism Awareness Month at ECLC's school in Ho-Ho-Kus, with Bergen County Freeholder Germaine Ortiz, Principal Vicki Lindorff, Freeholder Mary Amoroso and Principal Alexis Eckert.

Part of my job at ECLC of New Jersey is to promote the capabilities of young adults in the P.R.I.D.E. Program. They helped with a mailing to Mendham residents about the "Rebuild Ralston Playground" campaign.

I represented the Schiff Nature Preserve Board during the annual Boy Scouts Trade Show.

I have chaired the Schiff Nature Preserve Annual Film Festival and helped rekindle the connection with local Scout Troops.

I have run five half-marathons to raise money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). I also serve on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter.

Last summer, I was a mentor to runners, helping them to fund-raise for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and get in shape for the Napa-to-Sonoma half-marathon.

I've played touch football with friends at MetLife Stadium to raise money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

When we opened Mosle Park, it added soccer fields, a baseball diamond and hiking trails for the community to enjoy.

We added a track at Ralston Park for teams to use during warm-ups.

I coached my son, who is now a high school student, in both recreation and travel soccer teams.

Years ago, my girls' recreation basketball team really got into March Madness!

As a grant writer, I was thrilled to accept a check with my co-workers to help adults with special needs find jobs.

I've worked at ECLC of New Jersey since 2009, and, it's been so gratifying to obtain funding to support adults with special needs.

I've always loved the Harvest Hustle race in Mendham Borough because I can just relax and run!

We were excited to play the Harlem Wizards to raise money for the Hope Autism Foundation.

I spearheaded creation of the Patriots' College Scholarship, given to a graduating senior from West Morris Mendham High School.

I've received the endorsement of the Mendham Township Democratic Committee, which is committed to making a difference in the community.

Every year, the Patriots' Race has given back to the community, including donating to Goryeb Children's Hospital.

I've played football, run half-marathons and rode in a spinathon to help the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's mission.

It's been inspiring to meet other candidates who are running this year.

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