January 27, 2022
On January 27, 2022, the Montgomery Township Republican Organization unanimously elected Rosy Thakkar, longtime resident and dedicated community leader, as President. Thakkar becomes the first woman, the first South Asian American, and the first Sikh American to lead the Montgomery GOP.
Outgoing President and former Mayor Ed Trzaska congratulated Thakkar on his election. “Rosy has been a generous and hardworking member of our community for years, and I know her responsive and inclusive leadership style will serve our group and our township well,” Trzaska remarked. “I couldn’t think of anyone better suited for this position, and I can’t wait to see what Rosy will accomplish in this role. The future looks bright for the Montgomery Township Republican Party.
After acknowledging the many accomplishments of several local Republican leaders, including Trzaska, Mark Caliguire, Ted Maciag and Christine Madrid, Thakkar outlined his plan to “revive” and “revitalize” Montgomery’s Republican group and grow the organization “from of zero”. Thakkar continued, “My top priority is to give Republicans a real platform to organize and voice their concerns, while also engaging in heartfelt outreach to unaffiliated residents and Democrats, so that we can work together. to continue to improve the township we call home.
In her more than twenty years as a Skillman resident, Rosy Thakkar has been an active member of the community, including supporting the public school system, where her two children were enrolled in K-12. Thakkar served on the Montgomery Township Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) as well as the Montgomery Township Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA), and hosted a variety of notable community events, including the Back to School BBQ school dedicated to meeting special needs students.
Drawing on these experiences, Thakkar noted that “Montgomery Township wouldn’t be the incredible place it is today without the tireless and often thankless work of so many dedicated members of our community. Those who help maintain the high quality of our public education system; our all-volunteer EMS team; our police and fire departments, who stand the risk of protecting each and every one of us – they are the everyday heroes whose unwavering dedication drives this city forward and whose efforts our organization will strive to support.
Somerset County Republican Organization chairman Tim Howes also praised Thakkar. “Rosy Thakkar brings energy, common sense and a fresh perspective to the chair. She will build the party and continue the Montgomery RMS tradition of excellence.
As one of the first Sikh and South Asian American women to assume a leadership role in the Republican Party, Thakkar’s election has already begun to capture the attention of several key party leaders, including Jack Ciattarelli. , the party’s 2021 standard bearer: “Rosy Thakkar’s election as Montgomery Township’s Republican Town Chairperson is an exciting development for the local party, as well as the Somerset County Republican organization. I have looking forward to working with Rosy on candidate recruitment, fundraising and winning elections in the township, county and all other levels of government”
While noting that a lot of hard work awaited her, Thakkar said she was up for the challenge. “Above all, I want every resident to know that they will always have a chance to be heard by the Montgomery Township Republican Organization in the future. By listening sincerely to one another and always offering a seat at the table to anyone who seeks to get involved, we will work together to resolve any issues that come our way and maintain our city’s status as the one of the best places to live in the entire country.”
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