DiCarlo Hopes to Make Voice Heard More During Next Term

After winning a very tight committee race against GOP nominee Jeff Hansen, Denice DiCarlo looks forward to becoming a bigger voice on the township committee.

As Tuesday night's election results trickled into Democratic headquarters at the Verga Fire Company, the mood of incumbent Committeewoman Denice DiCarlo was ever-changing.

First relief, then a little bit of worrying, some cautious optimism and as, she received news that she had defeated Republican challenger Jeff Hansen, joy.

But the final emotion that seemed to take over DiCarlo was a fiery sense of determination that she was going to be more involved in 2013 and make her voice heard better.

That was her message before family, friends and fellow Democrats during her victory speech, as she exclaimed that West Deptford is “our town and we need to take it back.”

The Democratic voice has been stifled somewhat since the Republicans were able to gain a majority on the township committee last year. DiCarlo and fellow Democrat Donna Szymborski hope that they will have more of a say on the committee next year.

“I'm a huge asset to the committee,” said DiCarlo. “I just hope this year that they utilize me.”

Szymborski was especially happy with DiCarlo's win. A loss by DiCarlo would have left Szymborski as the lone Democrat left on the township committee and she could have been powerless being outnumbered 4-1.

“I'm just so thrilled,” said Szymborski when asked about how she felt after DiCarlo's election. “Denice is such a great person to work with; her and I have worked very well together.”

There's a chance that tensions may still run high between Republicans and Democrats on the township committee after a campaign season that was highlighted by the GOP accusing DiCarlo of not having a CPA license and an election that was decided by a mere 99 votes. And Hansen is not ready to concede the race, given the slim margin of victory.

DiCarlo said that she is determined to put the accusations of the past few months behind her and move on. 

"I'm not the type of person who holds grudges, you can ask any of my family members or my friends,” said DiCarlo. “I'm really glad that the campaigning is over, because from Labor Day on, it was a distraction. We need to get back to governing.”

While she didn't specifically say that she wanted to be the finance chair on township committee next year, DiCarlo did admit she wants to be a lot more involved in the finances of West Deptford. DiCarlo was in charge of Public Works in 2012.

“I think there's a lot of financial things that I can bring to the town,” she said. “My background is in finance, so that's the thing I think we need the most.”

The most important thing for DiCarlo and Szymborski, though, is to make a positive impact on the township in 2013. With two seats up for election next year, the hope in the party is that a good 2013 will lead to a Democratic majority in the committee again following next year's election.

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J T Taylor November 08, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Not too much on West Deptford politics,however I do have a business in West Deptford.It started out 23 years ago with 6 employees and now I have 26 employees not counting my hr staff. I had a meeting with all my employees prior to election,and informed them if Obama is re-elected I have no recourse but to issue lay off notices to at least 6 employees,becuase of the tax structure generated by the administration. Something that I totally regret with the holidays approaching. Some of these employees have families,and believe me this is one thing I didn't want to do.I reside in Mullica Hill and i'm thankful I don't live in a corrupt and fraudalent town like West Deptord. I' m seriously thinking about moving my business elsewhere.
Wayne Klotz November 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
It Taylor; your loss, not ours! You donot reside in west Deptford! So how dare you call my town corrupt! Stay in mullica hill and cry there not here, bozo!!!
Madeline Fucci November 08, 2012 at 07:08 PM
When Denice says "it is our town and we need to take it back" is she saying this town belongs to only the democrats and not all the taxpayers and residents who live in this community? What does she want to take it back to--the corruption of the past? If Cintall and Cianfarini had not been elected this town would have continued to wallow in the debt,corruption and mismanagement practices of the entrenched democrat party. Read JT Taylor's comments Denice. The object is to encourage business and industry to come to WD to grow our tax base not have existing businesses move. Earth to Denice: 99 votes does not equal a mandate. And by the way, you owe an apology to the community. You never had a CPA, you never went to SUNY. These are facts obtained from the FOIA not accusations. So in order to be a credible member of the township committee and have the trust of all members of this community, you should come clean and set the record straight.
Proud D November 08, 2012 at 07:46 PM
It amazes me how easily people like Mr. Taylor and the Republican leadership in this town make accusations of corruption, fraud, criminal misconduct, etc. without a shred of evidence to support their claims. It is pretty sickening.
Wayne Klotz November 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Madeline dear; ah boo boo! Do you need tissues for your sour grape tears? Ms. DICARLO said take our town for the people , unlike Sam and ray who put politics before the people like you and me.
dagger November 08, 2012 at 10:47 PM
i'm an independent voter and I voted for hansen,instead of voting for a LIAR. it's still republican control but there will never be partisanship in this township. I lived in this town for 45 years and back in the day it was a great place to live. however it's a piece of crap to live here anymore,especially when you got dirt bags like klotz and other morons on here. as far you klotz grow the frick up your like a kid on here at times and if you don't like what i said it's too bad
EricR November 08, 2012 at 11:59 PM
That's the most absurd thing I've heard. Do you even know what Romney's tax structure would have been? We're you seriously trying to coerce your employees in to voting for Romney? I applaud you for being a small business owner and I'm sure you have a sincere desire to do right by your employees. Seriously though, if you don't like the president that's one thing but don't take it out on your employees.
Lauren Burgoon November 09, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Occupant, FYI, we're going to keep deleting any comment that attacks a private citizen, isn't in response to any point brought up here and has zero to do with the article at hand. I believe you know what I'm talking about and those comments will get rejected before they ever reach the site. Debate the issue at hand or kindly don't comment.
Occupant November 09, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Lauren, That's all well and good but certain people on here refuse to debate any issue. They are closed minded and just resort to calling one another names to make their points. Words like idiots, dirt bags, bozo ...These words come from the threads posted above. I know for a fact that one person is mental, if that's the proper PC word to use and should not be left alone with a computer. Am I missing something here? Why do you allow this to continue?
Lauren Burgoon November 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Trust me that I don't applaud the level of discourse most commenting threads devolve into. If they don't violate our terms of use, then we err on the side of leaving them stand. But I often wonder if people are proud of the attacks they lob on commenting sections. It's possible to disagree on something without resorting to name-calling (which is usually when you know you've lost an argument and run out of valid things to say.) This isn't a particular chastisement of you, but in response to your point above. Perhaps with the end of the political season, we can all turn over a new leaf?
GeneSimmons78 November 09, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Oh well Madenline I guess you can't tell Dicarlo to be quiet because she was now voted in office by the people.
Walter Frockmorton November 09, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Wayne, there has been a few things happen in this town that could be labeled as corruption. There is an ongoing investigation. We are missing a ledger in the accounting office and still can't account for $4 million. Please, don't attack and call me names. I'm just trying to keep it real. I am hoping that the new committee person, along with the rest of them, will work for the citizens and not "the party." I will be watching. I will call them out when they are disengenuous with their decisions and comments. Walt
redneckwillie3 November 09, 2012 at 02:04 AM
lauren, there will be name calling on here no matter what you say.The person that does it all is Klotz and you never remove his comments.maybe you should remove west deptford patch all together or come up with a better screening tecnique. however klotz has attacked some of my family and as far as i'm concerned he's a piece of crap,and he's not all there.
Lauren Burgoon November 09, 2012 at 02:42 AM
You're probably right on the name-calling. I think it's a shame, and rather pathetic, but that's what the Internet hath wrought. Since WD Patch isn't going anywhere, we'll continue to moderate comments on stories that tend to draw the attacks. That's why comments are listed as pending for a time, until we approve or reject them.
Madeline Fucci November 09, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I don't wish to silence anyone because I believe in the first ammendment. Denice has had plenty to say and has inserted herself into every issue. I welcome everyone's thoughts and comments but I don't have to agree with them.
Readytofollow November 09, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Open Letter to Denice, Wayne, please make sure Denice reasds this at the next pep rally. Though I did not vote for you Denice, my main concern is the direction of the township and now that you are on the board I shall support you if you take the proper steps. If you act as you say you feel in your heart, I will support you 100% and will say so publicly. It styarted in WD two years ago for change. Thats really what us residents want change and we have styarted to see it. You publicly said our finances are a mess in WD, you said their should be proper accounting measures so now lets make them happen. If you are the business woman I believe you are you also know there is a lot of incompetience in WD and we need changes. This should not go along party lines, it should be decided by what is right for WD. You did what you had to do to get elected which meant utilizing Jerry White, Mike angelini and such but we voted as a group to move away from them. Separate yourself from them and you will get amazing support. Unlike you have I have lived here all my life, over a half century now. When you say "Take our town back", you can't possibily understand what that meaning is to me. It is not take it back from the last two years. good, bad or ugly atleast I know have a clue what goes on in our town. Before that for 20 years we had a smug township committee that did not rrespect the residents and took care of their own, this includes Donna Symborski.
Wayne Klotz November 09, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Dagger,occupant& Willie; I did not comment or say anything about your families! I was responding to your negative comments about my canidate! And if I offended you or your family again I am sorry! In ending that's why you should stay out of politics!! You all have a nice thanksgiving!!
Proud D November 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Walter, with all due respect, you are wrong. Despite what your Republican leadership would like for you to believe, $4 million dollars IS NOT MISSING. And that fact has been well documented, even admitted by Mark Cimino. Go back and look at past articles. How this absurd story of missing money still has legs is beyond me.
Occupant November 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Madeline, We all know that as long as there is political news there will be numerous posts and rebuttals. No Politics+No Blogs= Empty Forum. Johnny hitting a home run at baseball practice won't usually warrant a reply. It is in the Patch's best interest to foster forum debates to keep those ad popup revenues going. Actually I quite enjoy engaging the resident stooge on here over political news. Like Clint said "Go ahead, Make my Day"
Occupant November 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Wayne, I'm not complaining about anyone in particular, I just made reference to the "Resident Stooge" and now your doing the "Obama Apology Tour". Hmmmm!
Wayne Klotz November 09, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Occupant; whatever ! You have a good thanksgiving! Readytofollow; I agree with you but the people of this town elected her to take back our town , yours and mine. I will make sure trust she does not forget her promise to us; PEOPLE BEFORE POLITICS!!!
we're gonna be in deep doo doo November 09, 2012 at 07:06 PM
first thing dicarlo wants to do is raise water rates per household and put parking meters in strip malls that's taking back our town
Wayne Klotz November 09, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Well,you must be one angry republican who refuses to accept the fact that ms. DICARLO won! Let's stop with the crying and get back to business! And that's helping our town to reunite everyone, including you angry republicans! Have a blessed thanksgiving!
botivus November 09, 2012 at 09:43 PM
dicarlo is gonna ram it up everybody's behind to line the pockets of her puppet master G White and her other dem cronies.just like she did on the BOE. beside when was the last time you ever seen 10,000 votes being dispursed at one election in west deptford.NEVER! voter fraud in the making,bus load of seniors sent in absentee ballots and voted at the polls
Wayne Klotz November 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Botivus; are you saying that there was voter fraud? Are you for real? Boy, you republicans will say anything but not admit your guy lost! And that's the truth!
Walter Frockmorton November 10, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Sorry Proud D, but the vaughness of the description of where the money went lacks the details needed. I'm not buying it and I'm hoping the committee will stand up for the taxpayers. It seems to me that everybody that comments about this in defense of the previous administration has some skin in the game.
Proud D November 10, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Walter, the issue IS NOT whether or not the money is missing. The money has been accounted for, Mark Cimino just thinks the Township shouldn't have to repay it. That is the issue and Fulton Bank and the Township will both be able to have their day in court to argue their case. Believe me, as a tax payer in this town if the Township can away from that debt I am all for it. However, these claims of "missing" money have to stop. At a minimum the people who read about it have to understand where those claims are coming from: Sam, Ray, Denny,... The money is not missing. If there was you better bet someone would be in jail. My point here is in no way a defense of the previous administration. I am simply pointing out the fact that the Republicans in this town are doing anything they can to get an attention grabbing headline, even where there are no facts to support their claims.
Walter Frockmorton November 11, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Sorry proud D, the semantics are not adequate for the average taxpayer that wants to be informed. The term missing (from the banks perspective) is not correct. They fulfilled their obligation. But from the taxpayers standpoint, grossly lacks the transparency needed for a proper accounting. The people deserve better; and i support all committee members that will provide it, regardless of party. Walt
noresponsenovote November 15, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I'm a 17 year WD resident, a registered D and moderately liberal. The last Republicans I voted for were Ray and Sam, and before that, Ronald Reagan in 1980. I voted for them because I found the White-Shields-Cobb-Dacimo-Symborski-Hauser- et al group to be nothing more than a clique who favored their pals while treating the remaining 19,900 residents like they didn't exist. Phoney smiles, BS responses, raised taxes, fraud, you name it. And the only reason no one's in jail - yet - is because they haven't been caught - yet, but I digress. Chintall and Cianfarini turned out to be little more than grandstanders, doing whatever they can to create friction, tension, disruption and dispute - but never really doing anything to solve any problems. They publicaly call for unity, then do everything in contrary. DiCarlo, while smart and ascertive, can't seem to stop stretching the truth about her education and professional credentials. The other two on the committee seemimgly just occupy a seat and will continue to blindly support their party peer(s). I suspect both will be gone at the end of their respective terms.
noresponsenovote November 15, 2012 at 01:53 PM
But as to DiCarlo, if she could stop inflating her resume' long enough to concentrate on the job, there's a chance she could effect some positive change. These days, numerous informed and bipartisan (like myself) residents are paying attention, and when a progressive and positive issue is brought forward by any member, regardless of party, and another committee member opposes it based on nothing more than party politics - EVERY resident of this township, regardless of party affliation, should make their voices heard. Recently DiCarlo proposed an ordinance that would require a minimum amount of time (5 days I believe, could be wrong) for committee members to share documents and agenda information with fellow committee members. This is a good idea and is bipartisan in scope and nature. Unfortunately, Ray and Sam oppose the idea. WHY??!! Is it because they like surprising and shocking the audience with their Roman galdiator-like theatrics in effort to repalce substance and progress with entertainment so that voters will be distracted from the real problems? What's so wrong about a little advanced notice? Nothing. And so therefore, on THIS issue, I ask all you Republican supporters: WHY would you support Ray and Sam on this issue, when it would benefit ALL of the committee, and the township?


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