Angie Gannon

I recently received two startling pieces of mail— attack ads focused on the Democratic Ward 2 candidate, Greg Vartan. I had hoped that our town would be above the political fray; that in a year when political tribalism seems to outweigh common sense, that our local candidates would focus on the issues and their proposed solutions vs. attacking a rival.

It was a disappointing moment for me, especially as a registered member of the Republican Party. Here’s what I know, Greg Vartan is indeed ready to be a leader for Summit. In fact, Greg already IS a leader for Summit. He’s been a member of the Volunteer First Aid Squad for eight years. He served two years on the Planning Board, two years on the Environmental Commission, two years on the Summit EMS Board of Trustees, is a former member of the Recycling Advisory Committee, former intern for the Summit Police Department and a past volunteer for the Summit Police Youth Academy. This is the résumé of a committed local leader. We are fortunate to have someone on the ballot with this kind of experience.

As a fourth generation Hilltopper, Greg has a deeply rooted sense of pride in our wonderful town. Greg understands our community; where we have been and where we need to go. He brings a willingness to listen to and engage all residents, truly representing Ward 2 in its entirety. Many of you have met Greg. He’s been out knocking on doors, listening to all points of view and offering what he brings to the table for us. Greg and his team have knocked on each Ward 2 door!

There are some who would paint any Democratic candidate with the wide brush of higher taxes and more bureaucracy. I urge Ward 2 residents to listen to what Greg has to say. He is focused on a common sense agenda, committed to fiscal responsibility and constantly considering the downstream impacts of council decisions. Greg Vartan is a candidate we can all get behind, regardless of party affiliations.

This Election Day. I urge any Ward 2 resident -- that has not had the chance yet -- to speak with Greg and hear firsthand about his vision for Summit. One conversation and you will understand the depth of Greg’s commitment to our town. He is bright, thoughtful, and all about making Summit the best it can be. He is committed to public service in a way we rarely see today and we would be fortunate to have him representing Ward 2 on our City Council.

Posted on TapInto Summit - November 4, 2018

Karen Kaplan

I’ve heard that in local politics, you vote for a person rather than a party. If that’s true, then Greg Vartan should win everyone’s vote for Ward 2 Council. His active engagement in making Summit the best it can be is carried out with thoughtfulness, energy and a genuine concern for addressing multiple points of view.

Greg first knocked on my door two years ago, and I was genuinely impressed by this young guy working hard to reach voters and hear what was on our minds, while making sure we knew both his name and his commitment to Summit. When Greg lost that election—by 9 votes—he didn’t put the town through any rancorous recount, and he didn’t withdraw from Summit life to recover. Instead, he volunteered for the town’s Planning Board; he became a Trustee of the Volunteer First Aid Squad where he’s been an active volunteer for 8 years (he’s still responding to medical emergencies between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. every Sunday night); and he currently serves as the Planning Board’s liaison to our Environmental Commission.

Now, he’s running again—with as much energy and commitment as ever, if not more. When I talk to Greg, he listens. When he talks, his views are broad, well-informed, and practical. I’ve lived in Summit for 23 years, and I’m happy to trust Greg with the next 23 years of our town’s progress. I urge you to check out his Facebook page, Vartan’s Views, and get to know Greg for yourself. I think you’ll be as excited about electing him to our Common Council as I am.

Posted on TapInto Summit - November 2, 2018

Matthew Gould, Summit Common Council Member - Ward 1

I encourage you to vote for Greg Vartan for Summit Council, Ward 2 this November.

As a first-year Council Member in Summit, I have had a deep look into how our city runs in 2018. We need someone like Greg to join us on Council to continue the progress we’ve made. Greg embodies all of the qualities I seek out in a candidate - he’s hard working, selfless, and thoughtful. His grasp of the issues that are important to Summit are strong. He inspires people. And he listens to our residents - he’s been knocking on doors and hearing people’s concerns for months.

I firmly believe Greg is the right person for the job and I hope I get the chance to serve with him.

Posted on TapInto Summit - October 20, 2018

Jeffrey Kaufman

I strongly believe that Greg Vartan will be a healthy addition to the Summit Council. I have know Greg for a number of years and I am very impressed with his positive, can do attitude. When he shakes your hand he exudes healthy energy. This is the approach he brings to everything he does. People respond well to Greg and this triggers inclusive dialogue, which is essential to leading Summit to continue to grow and improve.

I am also impressed with how Greg is deeply involved in our community, from his active involvement as a Summit Volunteer EMS, his role as the Environmental Commision liaison, and his role as a member of the Planning Board. These experiences demonstrate his commitment to our community and they prepare him to join the Council with valuable knowledge he can bring to governing our City.

Finally, I think Greg brings good ideas that will be beneficial to Summit. I am impressed with his views on expanding our commercial tax base, listening to our residents' input to the master plan so we focus on what's important to us, while retaining fiscal responsibility.

This is why I am voting for Greg Vartan for Summit Council and hope you will too.

Posted on TapInto Summit - October 8, 2018

Jordan Glatt

This November 6th, Summit has the opportunity to elect two great candidates for Summit’s Common Council: Council President David Naidu (Ward 1) and life-long resident Greg Vartan Ward 2.

Greg is a 4th generation resident who has given back to Summit at every stage of his life. During his years at Summit High school, Greg was a lifeguard at our YMCA; and a member of the first class of the Summit Police Youth Academy which I had the pleasure of graduating while serving as Mayor. Currently, Greg, appointed by Mayor Nora Radest, serves on the Summit Planning Board. Beginning as an auxiliary member of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Greg’s service continues today as a full squad member.

Greg has demonstrated his passion and caring for our town, and I believe he will continue to be a tremendous advocate for our residents and our community and with the county and state. Greg is well-qualified to take on this important leadership role as Ward 2 Councilman.

When it comes to current Council President and Ward 1 candidate David Naidu, I am filled with admiration for what he has accomplished in his first term on Council. David has been one of the most effective Council members to ever sit up on the Council dais, working smart and creatively to keep the municipal tax rate flat while lowering the capital budget by 22%. David has also demonstrated a commitment to reach out to the community by engaging in some innovative programs, such as Council on the Road, which brings Council members to residents in their own neighborhoods to better listen to their concerns and ideas. David also publishes and widely disseminates the Council agenda before each meeting, using the City’s website and social media. He makes sure the agenda is clear, understandable and transparent so that our residents know what is going on when it comes to the business of the city. David wants and respects citizen input.

I can think of no more effective team then David Naidu and Greg Vartan to lead and serve on the Summit Common Council.

Please remember to VOTE NOVEMBER 6TH.

Posted on TapInto Summit - September 26, 2018

Gloria M Ron-Fornes

Para atras ni para coger impulso!” (Loosely translated to “don’t go backwards not even to gain momentum”).  These are words I heard over and over again in my home. Life is about moving forward, about learning and making decisions based on new information while rooted in values and integrity.  

As I look at my life in our beloved city of Summit, I have seen progress.  I also understand the discomfort that some have with change and so it’s important for any candidate to listen to all the citizens he/she will serve.

Greg Vartan is a listener.  He listens to understand not merely to respond.  He listens and learns. Greg has served the city in many ways already – Summit’s First Aid Squad (EMT), Planning Board, liaison to Environmental Commission – and he understands the needs of the citizens of Ward 2 as he has lived here all his life.  But what continues to impress me the most is his willingness to sit and listen and to shape his decisions based the changing needs of the current and future population.

Greg is also inclusive and wants to leverage the energy, passion, talent, diversity and commitment of the people of Summit to help him govern. He believes in a proactive governing body that includes the voices and volunteer power of those being served.

As an “almost empty nester”, I also think about how life will change for my husband and I in Summit.  I know Greg thinks about that too as he has parents and grandparents still living in Summit. Greg’s commitment to the downtown, to opportunities for creativity and entertainment, and to the economic development of our city is important to me as it should be to all of us.  

Greg, recently engaged, is looking to Summit for his future family too.  So I know that he will keep a good watch on our schools, which impacts all of us.  

Because voting is personal and because Greg delivers on the values that I hold deeply - active listening and transparency, progress, and integrity– I am casting my vote in November for Greg Vartan as our next Ward 2 Councilman.

Posted on TapInto Summit - September 20, 2018

Richard Sun

Planning for Summit’s long-term development requires a vision for downtown Summit – Greg Vartan is the candidate whose age and stage in life gives him the proverbial “skin in the game” for a better Summit, not just for today, but for tomorrow as well.

Recently engaged, Greg and his fiancé, Megan, have made a commitment to Summit and its future. A fourth-generation Hilltopper and lifelong Summit resident, Greg has shared with me his desire in raising a family in Summit and the challenges involved given the high cost of living and property taxes. The biggest lever to reducing residential property taxes in Summit is to increase non-residential rateables – namely commercial property in downtown Summit – expanding the rateable pie so that that homeowners pay a relatively smaller fraction of the overall tax levy. Greg shares this vision and is committed to prudent stewardship of Summit’s fiscal resources, not because he is a homeowner today, but because he will be one in the near future.

Indeed, Greg embodies a unique opportunity to represent the interests of three generations of Summit residents in the same ward – his parents and grandparents continue to live in Ward 2. Retaining Senior Citizens and empty nesters who have contributed greatly to Summit’s character and experiences is vital for both social and fiscal reasons. Seniors support our community without a commensurate use of the school system. Greg can speak directly to their experiences in a way that supports Summit’s overall social and fiscal cohesiveness.

Greg’s service on the planning board has given him an understanding of the function and form of government. He has shown his commitment to service to Summit, serving for more than 10 years on the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad. Greg’s innovative approach to campaigning, including his “Vartan views” which utilizes Facebook’s video platform to share his take on Council events and agenda items has personalized the process of government. His voice and perspective is one that is needed on Council.

Please vote for Greg Vartan on November 6, 2018 for Summit Council Ward 2.

Posted on TapInto Summit - September 9, 2018

These friends and fellow Summit neighbors have endorsed Greg. Share with the community why you're endorsing our campaign. Thank you for your support!

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Dr. Betty Adams
Dr. Betty Adams
Gloria M Ron-Fornes
Angie Gannon
Lisa Campbell
Betse Gump
Sherri Shumate
Susan Hairston
Claire Harrison
Curran Kanagat

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  • Dr. Betty Adams
    endorsed 2018-10-24 11:35:53 -0400
  • Dr. Betty Adams
    endorsed 2018-10-24 11:35:53 -0400
  • Gloria M Ron-Fornes
    endorsed 2018-09-12 10:05:23 -0400
  • Angie Gannon
    endorsed 2016-11-01 16:35:46 -0400
    Greg Vartan will bring a fresh perspective, boundless energy, thoughtfulness, and a complete commitment to making Summit the best it can be to Council. As a third generation Hilltopper he shares our sense of pride and will work hard to represent all of us if elected. Greg understands our community; where we have been and where we need to go. Greg brings a willingness to listen to and engage all residents, truly representing Ward 2 in its entirety. I applaud Greg for his commitment to fiscal responsibility and appreciate his questioning of the recent approval to spend $27K on gateway signs. I believe Greg will bring a balanced consideration to council, focusing on wants vs. needs and questioning the downstream impacts of projects and investments. I believe Greg’s endorsement of a wholly funded FDK program makes sense as the investment will resonate for years to come by positioning our youngest learners—and our entire public school system—for greater success. Greg Vartan is a candidate we can all get behind, regardless of party affiliations, this Election Day. I urge any resident who hasn’t had a chance yet, to speak with Greg and learn more about his vision for Summit. One conversation is all it will take to understand how fortunate we are to have him on the ballot and willing to work for our town.
  • Dr. Betty Adams
    followed this page 2016-11-01 14:04:16 -0400
  • Lisa Campbell
    endorsed 2016-10-28 16:10:45 -0400
    I wholeheartedly endorse Greg for Summit Common Council! Having been born and raised in Summit, Greg understands the community like no one else. His passion and dedication will serve us well! Vote for Greg Vartan on Nov. 8!
  • Betse Gump
    endorsed 2016-10-23 17:58:47 -0400
    Voters in Ward 2 are so lucky to have a candidate named Greg Vartan. He will serve the city well on Common Council. All the previous endorsements tell it all. Vote Greg Vartan on November 8
  • Sherri Shumate
    endorsed 2016-06-21 03:36:55 -0400
    Greg is passionate, caring, intelligent, and committed to making a difference. He would make an excellent leader for Summit!
  • Susan Hairston
    endorsed 2016-06-18 16:34:14 -0400
    I am very excited about Greg Vartan running for the Ward 2 Common Council seat. I haven’t met another individual more enthusiastic about serving his community. I had the pleasure of working closely with him this past year as he worked tirelessly for the Radest and Sun campaigns. Summit residents came out in record numbers to let Council know that Summit needs a new direction that is investing in the future in a thoughtful and impactful way. Greg will be that voice that will do his homework to thoroughly research and act on the issues, be responsive to constituents and go the extra mile for the town he loves.
  • Claire Harrison
    endorsed 2016-06-18 07:04:26 -0400
    I have known Greg for several years now, and one of the first things I remember him telling me is that he aspired to be a public servant – in particular, in Summit – out of love for his community. After getting to know him well in both a personal and professional capacity, I am confident in the fact that he will be a great representative for our ward. His dedication, charisma, and leadership are all skills that I admire; his knowledge of our municipality’s issues is comprehensive; and his commitment to reaching out to citizens of the community to continue to learn about the challenges they face will make him an advocate for constructive progress when elected. I am thrilled that Greg is running, and cannot wait to continue to support him throughout the race and his tenure on council!
  • Megan Vartan
    published this page 2016-06-07 08:07:57 -0400
  • Curran Kanagat
    endorsed 2016-05-31 21:37:02 -0400
    Hey everyone,

    I’m not much a politics person but as you know I am a dreamer so when my friend Greg Vartan asked me to help out in any way well this is me helping out.

    He has been a wonder to almost any class I have had with him and he is always laughing in a jolly manner no matter the circumstances, but don’t mistake that for any inability to be serious. He is very serious about what he is passionate about and loves. From school to the summer job, I have witnessed his leadership skills as well as personal interactions first hand.