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"Bernards Township is poised to be a leader in business revitalization and environmental sustainability. I am committed to innovative solutions that protect our property values and preserve the charm and character of our town."


- Dr. Sophia Chadda


Ease the tax burden on homeowners by stimulating our economy and revitalizing our business districts.

 Create an Economic Development Commission bringing local business leaders to the table to develop a strategic plan for growing and supporting our business sector.

Support our residents and business owners in adopting small but impactful practices to reduce single-use bags and plastics in our town.

Proactively plan and devise innovative solutions to manage potential housing mandates, rather than falling back on "builder's remedy".

Address pressing health and safety concerns by tapping available resources & experts, and adopting best-practices that fit the needs of our residents. The "status quo" is not an option. 

”As a small business owner and mother deeply rooted in Bernards Township for over two decades, Sophia will bring a forward looking vision to the Bernards Township Committee that is truly responsive to the needs of our community. I'm proud to be on her team!”

 - Tom Malinowski, Congressman



”Sophia Chadda has all the qualities a local leader needs—intelligence, patience, compassion and persistence. Sophia will make reasoned decisions based on facts rather than fear or need to follow the status quo. She will seek input from and really listen to the many voices in our diverse community. If you want continued change towards more open, transparent and inclusive local government, vote for Sophia Chadda.”

- Joan Bannan Harris, Bernards Township Committee 



As a candidate, Sophia Chadda has shown true vision for Bernards Township, taking much needed stands where other candidates hide behind platitudes and inaction. As a doctor, she has served on the Bernards Township Board of Health, and she brings her evidence-based approach to bear on the issues facing Bernards Township today and in the future. Last year, Bernards Township began to elect a new generation of representation that draws on the strength of a diverse population. This year, it is critical that Dr. Chadda join that representative body. I wholeheartedly endorse Sophia Chadda for Bernards Township Committee.

- Steve Peter, Somerset County Clerk

  Dr. Sophia Chadda is a welcomed addition to the Democratic Party and Bernards Township. Dr. Chadda’s profession, as a periodontist, affords her the opportunity to utilize her skills in being there for people and taking care of their needs and concerns. She is accessible and responsive, skills that are so desperately needed in government. As a 20-year resident, local business owner, and mother of three, she is invested in the community and I have no doubt she will be an effective leader."

- Shanel Robinson, Somerset County Freeholder

Sophia Chadda not only advocates for inclusivity but lives it everyday. Due to her commitment to serving all people in the community while upholding a strong sense of fiscal responsibility, Sophia has my unwavering support.

- Sara Sooy, Somerset County Freeholder


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 12:00 AM

Dr. Sophia Chadda: Bernards Township Council Candidate Profile

Get to know Dr. Sophia Chadda. She is one of 3 candidates running for the 1 council seat in a contest Bernards Township election on Nov. 5.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12:00 AM

Sophia Chadda Meets With Bernards Township Merchants to Help Revitalize Their Businesses

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ, October 5, 2019 -- Dr. Sophia Chadda, Candidate for Bernards Township Committee and owner of her periodontal practice in Basking Ridge, visited business owners in the township’s seven primary business districts to learn how she can help grow their businesses and make them more attractive to township residents. Over the course of her campaign and as a 20-plus year Bernards Township resident and business owner, Dr. Chadda has also spoken with neighbors and community members about their desires to support local merchants and shop locally.

Over the past two months, Dr. Chadda spoke with merchants in Dewy Meadow Village, The Hills-Highlands Shopping Center, Marketplace Shopping Center, Riverwalk Shopping Center, Lyons Mall, businesses in Liberty Corner/Church Street and, of course, businesses in the downtown center of Basking Ridge. “I’ve never had a committee member, yet alone a candidate for township committee, ever ask me of my concerns, and am thrilled you [Dr. Chadda] came here and are taking an interest.” said a store owner in the Marketplace Shopping Center who wished to remain anonymous. “The township can help us provide better service to our customers by improving parking, traffic flow, and by ensuring development is well thought out with community members -- store owners and residents alike -- involved in the planning and approval process. The town hasn’t been very transparent in this respect over the past several years,” continued the business owner.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Democrat calls for ban on vaping products

Dr. Sophia Chadda, the Democratic candidate for Bernards Township Committee, has called for action on the “vaping crisis,’’ saying the use of e-cigarette products is a “health threat facing our citizens and targeting our youth."

“We are in the midst of a health crisis,’’ she said. “Both the Center for Disease Control and the American Lung Association are urging people to stop the use of e-cigarette products immediately. American Medical Association President Dr. Patrice Harris is recommending that anyone who has recently used a vaping product and is showing any respiratory issues should seek medical care.’’

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:00 AM

Bernards Township candidates differ on plastic waste issue

As a leader, I am proud to have initiated the discussion about the need to reduce plastic waste in our community. The time to act is now — each of us must strive to be stewards for our environment.

I support the many NJ municipalities that have enacted laws to reduce or eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags, cutlery, and drinking straws. A growing list of communities have banned plastic bags altogether.

The time is now to take action to protect our community and planet. I think Bernards Township – known throughout the state as a great place to live and raise a family – can also be respected as a great steward of our environment. Let’s take a pledge to reduce our demand for plastic and handle the disposal of plastics more responsibly.

I’m often impressed by our neighbors at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, Cava at Bridgewater Commons, and Whole Foods, all of whom have implemented compostable plastics and responsible recycling practices. Verizon Wireless, headquartered right here in Bernards Township, also made a pledge just this year to go carbon-neutral by 2035. Bernards Township should be part of that positive change.
Future generations are counting on us.

                                                                 - Sophia Chadda 

Thursday, August 8, 2019 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Democrat: 'Stop the epidemic of gun violence'

Sophia Chadda, the Democratic candidate for Township Committee, has urged residents to demand legislators take steps to end the "epidemic'' of gun violence in America.

"Sadly, our nation is besieged by homegrown white nationalist terrorism,'' she wrote in a statement to this newspaper. "These individuals are fueled by online extremism and armed by greedy special interests and a complacent Congress. We shouldn’t have to fear leaving our homes to shop, to worship, or to learn.

"This must stop. Just as we take strong measures to protect ourselves from foreign terrorist threats, we should also take equally strong measures to protect our homeland from homegrown terrorism.''

Chadda said that while campaigning recently, she spoke to a resident who said she would only vote for President Donald Trump “because we are a white Christian nation.”
"First, regardless of one’s political affiliation, gun violence should be abhorred by all and we should demand our legislators do something to stop the epidemic,'' Chadda said.

"Second, America is not a nation of any specific religion; America is comprised of a tapestry of all religious faiths as well as those who choose not to practice any religion at all. We are better for living in harmony with our Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and atheist brothers and sisters and being exposed to the wonderful diversity of cultures. Freedom of religion means freely practicing your religious beliefs, not demanding others to forfeit theirs in favor of yours.

"Third, our country is not a white country, just as it is not a black, brown, green, blue, or purple country,'' she added. "It is a country of a single race: the human race. My heart is with the people of Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, and all those affected by senseless gun violence. My conscience drives me to do something about it so that nobody’s loved ones are taken from them by mass shootings in the future.

"Expressions of thoughts and prayers are wonderful and very much appreciated, but we now also need to act through legislation and safety education in our community, our state, and at the national level,'' she concluded. "Please join me in helping drive this change.''

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