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Humor and Hope Sustain NJ Woman Through Disabling Movement Disorder, Election Campaign

DEMAREST, N.J., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether she is giving a keynote address or visiting on the sidewalk with neighbors, Demarest resident Esther Paik Goodhart conveys optimism and possibility.

"Only in America could someone like me have the opportunities I have," says Goodhart with a warm laugh, "I'm a physically disabled woman whose father is a famous Presbyterian minister, I teach Hebrew at three temples, and I'm running for Town Council as a Republican."

Goodhart's struggle with a movement disorder called dystonia has taught her that anything is possible. Having literally gotten up out of her wheelchair after years of disability, Goodhart is confident that she can help Demarest evolve into the community its citizens need. The rich diversity of her life makes her strive to foster community unity. "I see the problems in my town, and I know I can help. I believe I can bring people together," she says.

Goodhart and her husband Alan have been residents of Demarest for 18 years. Their two sons have attended Demarest schools through high school. For years Esther has been involved with school functions, including being instrumental in "International Day."

While vice president of the Demarest PTA, Goodhart developed programs to educate the student body such as "Prejudice Reduction" and "AIDS Awareness," which aired on PBS. Goodhart has been invited to the White House and The Gracie Mansion in New York City to serve as a Keynote speaker and also to receive awards for her involvement in various political organizations and Asian American activities and organizations.

Goodhart embodies that perfect blend of a healthy sense of humor to help keep priorities clear plus a no-nonsense approach on issues she knows are important to Demarest residents -- stopping pay-to-play, ending cronyism, controlling spending, respecting all individuals, and acting in a timely, professional, and efficient manner. She believes in volunteerism as a means of curtailing overspending and enhancing the feeling of community.

Goodhart seeks to revive a spirit of cooperation, both within Borough Hall and throughout the community. Goodhart is a guest speaker for Dystonia Medical Research Foundation events and has appeared in the organization's patient magazine.

SOURCE Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
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