Dina Thornton Selected as New Councilwoman in
Former school board member Dina Thornton
was recently selected to become the newest member of the Hamilton Township
Council, filling the position previously held by Edward Gore, who recently
returned to service as Hamilton’s Assistant Public Defender.
Thornton served four years on the Hamilton
Township School Board, which was highlighted by her service as the board’s Vice
President, chairing the board committee that led the Public School District’s
search for a new Superintendent, as well as a chairing the board’s Special
Education and Policy committees, along with work on several other committees
over her tenure.
Thornton previously was the PTA President
for Mercerville Elementary School (currently is 2nd Vice President)
and is currently the Secretary for the Crockett Middle School PTA.
“I am honored and humbled to have been
selected to serve our community as a member of the Township Council. I recognize the opportunity that I now
possess to help make an important and positive difference in the lives of my
fellow residents - and particularly for our younger generations who, like my
own children, hold a great stake in the future of our community,” says
Thornton was unanimously selected by the
Township Council late last week, becoming the second female representative on
the current body. During the public
meeting where she was selected, she was praised by her former School Board
colleagues, Richard Kanka, Susan Ferrara and Christopher Scales.
In summarizing the selection of Ms.
Thornton, Council President Dennis Pone expressed how the Council was impressed
with her forthright candor during the public interview process.
“Our Township Council has always prided
itself in our openness and transparency in our interactions with the residents
we serve; and during the public interview process, Dina illustrated her ability
to address the important issues that our Council faces in an honest and
straightforward manner,” says Pone. “I
look forward to working with her as we continue to serve the residents of our
Mayor Yaede also expressed high praise of
Hamilton’s newest Councilwoman.
“Dina was an outstanding candidate to
assume a position on the Township Council given her record of public and
community service and strong local ties to our town” says Mayor Yaede. “I look forward to working with her and our
entire Council to continue moving our community forward in the right