To the Editor, 

As a Clayton area resident, I ask a simple question: Are we in Clayton ready for higher taxes? Are we better off financially this year than we were four years ago, or even two years ago? As we can see in Washington, ONE-PARTY RULE simply has no checks or balances. For example, look at your current tax bill which shows a one-year increase from 2.8% to 4.8%. This is just a preview of things to come with the Borough Council’s approval of a large rental apartment complex on South Delsea Drive that will help to drive up expenses for trash removal, police and fire protection, added classrooms (staffing, salaries, and benefits) to name a few. 

Two local residents – neither a politician – Ron Pinchick and Matt Klepacki, are running as Republican candidates for Clayton Borough Council. Ron and Matt will be walking throughout the Borough to meet their neighbors and hear about their concerns. 

Concerned residents have a choice, and they can show their support by coming to a fun night on September 16th to the Clayton Elks Lodge, starting at 6:30 p.m. for food, drink, music, dancing and to meet the candidates first hand. Tickets are available by calling: (609) 560-4102, (856) 203-4446, or (856) 889-2754. For more information visit and like Clayton Republican Club on Facebook 

Please help show your support for transparency and balance in government, 

Nancy McCloskey, Clayton

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