Mayor Colleen Mahr, center, Councilman Jack Molenaar, left, and Council candidate Erin McElroy Barker were selected Wednesday, March 18, 2015, by the Fanwood Democratic Committee to be the 2015 slate of local candidates. Colleen is running for re-election as Mayor, Jack is running for re-election to the Council and Erin is a first-time candidate running for the Council seat of Dan Levine who is not seeking re-election.
Incumbent vows to continue to be a fighter for Fanwood, county and statewide voice for “Under 10” communities
“Fanwood is a town of fewer than 10,000 people, just like 57 percent of New Jersey’s communities. Our community has made great progress in redeveloping its ratables, providing a safe and secure
environment for families to raise children, and winning the hard fought victory of introducing 'one seat ride' along New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line. But like the rest of New Jersey’s
‘Under 10’ communities, we continue to feel the constraints of the state-imposed budget cap. It is only through partnerships with the county, state and neighboring communities that smaller towns
have the ability to prosper and respond to the needs of the middle class. I have built those partnerships on the local, county and state level to move Fanwood and communities like it forward.
That is just one of many reasons why I am asking the good people of my community to re-elect me as their mayor,” said Mayor Mahr.
“I make this decision, knowing I have the support of many public servants throughout Union County and New Jersey who stand with me in fighting for the middle class families. It is my hope that I will have state representatives who will be just as diligent, proactive, and results-oriented as I have been and will continue to be – both in and out of the beautiful community of Fanwood.”
Mayor Mahr has a long-standing track record as a leader. She has applied her economic development acumen to help foster award winning redevelopment projects in Fanwood, revitalize the economies of Roselle and Jersey City, as well as throughout Union County as head of the County’s Division of Strategic Planning & Intergovernmental Relations.
Mahr has been the co-chair of the Mayor’s Housing Committee for the past five years which has focused on the affordable housing/COAH issue in the state. She has also been active in the “Raise The Wage” campaign leading up to New Jersey voters’ approval in a statewide referendum of raising the state’s minimum wage in 2013. When NJ Transit cancelled expansion of the direct, one -seat trips into NYC due to monetary constraints, Mahr as the head of the Mayor's Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, fought to make sure federal grants were secured to introduce evening direct service, and she continues to serve as the Vice-Chair of Union County Democrats.