Jeff Banks for Council

I've been a Fanwood resident for more than 20 years and find this town to be a friendly and fun place to raise a family.  My wife Gina and I have two wonderful children, Ethan is 23, Mallory is 21. For many years, my family and I organized Rockin' for Autism, a daylong rock concert and fundraiser at LaGrande Park that attracted thousands of people to our town and raised over $35,000 for Autism New Jersey.


Being involved in the planning of Rockin' for Autism put me in touch with the Borough agencies that make that event happen including the Police, Public Works, Recreation and Health Departments, not to mention members of the Borough Council and of course Mayor Mahr. So, it felt like a natural progression when I was approached in late 2018 to join the Council. I was appointed to replace Russ Huegel who resigned to become Borough attorney, then ran unopposed in the June primary. I was formally elected to serve the remainder of Russ' term in November.


I am an industrial designer for Parker 3D in Scotch Plains and have my own graphic design business. I serve on the board of Autism New Jersey and was on the building committee of Temple Sholom. I'm looking forward to continuing my service to the Borough of Fanwood and hope the residents see fit to return me to office in the November 5th general election.

Anthony Carter, Candidate for Borough Council

Several years ago, I was coaching a basketball team with my best friend, Robert Crawford, when he made an interesting analogy that holds true to this day.  “Carter, you are the original Mr. Blue Collar/White Collar”.


My name is Anthony “Coach” Carter and with the utmost humility, I am honored to be on the ballot to serve you as Councilman in this great Borough of Fanwood, NJ.


Over twenty-two years ago, my family began to immerse itself in this fine and bucolic community.  I am the proud Dad of a daughter, Toni (22) and three boys – Jayson (15), Brett (10) and Aidan (8).


My life has been as a picture of life’s travails and hard-fought successes.


Throughout it all, I have been able to uphold my unabashed commitment to do my part in moving forward my community specifically and mankind as a whole.


My twenty-two plus years of service to our community includes (but is not limited to) the following:


Five years and counting, I continue to serve as Recreation Commissioner and secretary of our Borough of Fanwood Recreation Commission.  As such, I have

  • Collaborated with members of our community, Recreation Commission, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Fanwood Borough Council and Our Mayor, Colleen Mahr, to spearhead the successful design, development and construction of our skate park at Forest Road Park
  • Planned and participated in our Party in the Park Summer Movie Series
  • Planned, operated and participated in our Annual Easter Egg Hunts, Training Wheel Toss Days, Fanny Wood Days, Annual Halloween Celebrations, Annual Christmas Season Celebrations and other Borough activities
  • And, in the true spirit of family, you will always see my contingent of kids and friends lending a hand in all of the activities throughout our community as well
  • Current Commissioner of the Scotch Plains Recreation Summer Basketball League where I am responsible for implementation and oversight of our league that typically serves between 300-500 youth from our communities
  • Served on the Board of the Fanwood Youth Organization (FYO) Baseball League where I formed an inter-league team between the FYO and SPRSBL, later leading to the merger of the two leagues
  • Served as a coach for both the FYO and SPRSBL Baseball Leagues
  • Guided our 9U travel team to the first Rahway Tournament Championship in the 50-year history of FYO Baseball
  • Served as a football coach and public address announcer for the PAL Football League
  • Serve as a Developer and basketball coach at our FSPYMCA
  • This year Our 3rd/4th Grade team participated in the YMCA/JCC Travel League and completed an undefeated season with a resounding championship game victory
  • Served as a soccer coach with the Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Association (SPFSA)
  • In the SPF Public School System I serve on the PTA, as a Class Dad, SPFHS Marching Band Dad and volunteered and participated in countless activities throughout our school district


My educational accomplishments include

  • Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Union County College (UCC). At Columbia University in the City of New York, I earned a Degree in Psychology with a Concentration in Education. At UCC, I earned a Degree in Psychology. My graduation ceremonies from UCC and Columbia occurred on the same day and are chronicled in an extensive article and filmed documentary by the Star Ledger and
  • Completed my Teaching Internship in the New York City Public School System
  • Also hold numerous certifications for continuing education courses completed


“Mr. Blue Collar/White Collar”

  • Employed by the Township of Irvington as a Municipal Compliance Supervisor where I spearheaded the campaign to eradicate vacant housing units within the Irvington Housing Authority Senior Citizen Buildings
  • Since 1986, a member of Local 164, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Construction Union. In my thirty-one years in our union I served as a Super, General Foreman, E – Board Member, Shop Steward, Journeyman Wireman and Apprentice on a multitude of projects. Most notable: Operated as General Foreman responsible for more than 125 journeyman wiremen and apprentices and the entire electrical infrastructure for restoration of the PATH, Exchange Place train station and service into the World Trade Center, following 911 attacks on the WTC Towers. FEMA infused $4,000,000,000.00 into project completed one month ahead of schedule in 2003. $800,000,000.00 spent on electrical construction
  • Since 1990, a Licensed Electrical Contractor. My company donated the labor to install the current baseball scoreboard at LaGrande Park
  • Served as a professor, educator, curriculum developer and guest speaker at Harvard University, Columbia University in the City of New York, Rutgers the State University and Union County College as well as in the New York Public School System and the Newark Public School System
  • Served as a counselor, research assistant and instructor at New Hope Behavioral Center in Irvington, NJ
  • In the realm of politics, I have served on the several campaign teams; among them, President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, current New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, former Newark Mayor Cory Booker, current Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and current Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss, to name a few.  And of course, I remain steadfast in my support of our esteemed Mayor Colleen Mahr and every member of our Borough of Fanwood Council


Legacy - An indelible footprint of one’s viable contributions to the advancement, or sometimes detriment, of society and societal issues.  By example, I will redouble my efforts to prove and foster our abilities to transcend perceived and actual obstacles through dedication, diligence and determination for the betterment of our community and mankind.


Thank you for the consideration and continued support


Anthony “Coach” Carter 

Councilman Russ Huegel, Candidate for Re-election

I am proud to serve the people of Fanwood.  I am committed to searching for innovative ways to keep Fanwood affordable and deliver the quality services Fanwoodians expect and deserve.   


Since joining the governing body, it has been my honor to serve as the Chairman for our Public Works Department. Some of the innovative ideas we have implemented include using unemployed laborers for special projects in the Borough.  In the wake of some of the strongest storms we have experienced in our lifetimes, we held a special “one time” pick up of debris for residents cleaning out their homes.


I have also been a strong proponent of reconstructing our roads with many improvements to our residential streets.  Our commitment has been recognized by New Jersey Family Magazine which made Fanwood one of the best towns in New Jersey to raise a family and by New Jersey Future by honoring Fanwood with its Smart Growth award for our downtown redevelopment area.  These improvements and accolades translate to a satisfying quality of life, higher property values and it’s what makes living in Fanwood so special.  However, there is more work to be done.  The redevelopment of the South Ave. corridor needs to be completed and expanded.  Our library is in need of technology and facility upgrades.  And, we believe in being strong advocates for a “one seat” ride into New York for our residents. Just as important, we need to continue to upgrade our beautiful parks for everyone to enjoy.


My wife and our two daughters feel fortunate to live in Fanwood and be surrounded by such supportive neighbors.  I ask for your support so that I can continue to lead our community in meeting these future challenges.


Professional Background:

  • Owner, Russell J. Huegel, Attorney at Law practicing in several areas;
  • Staff Attorney at Morgan Stanley Trust Company;
  • Prosecutor, Borough of Roselle Park 2015-2016;


Education Background:

  • Juris Doctorate, Pace University School of Law
  • Richard Stockton College, BA Political Science with honors


Community Service:

  • Fanwood Councilman, 2008 –present,
  • Council President, 2009; 2012 - present;  Chairman, Public Works, 2009 - present
  • Chairman, Administration & Finance 2016 - present
  • Newcomers Club member

Amy Boroff, Candidate for Board of Education


I currently serve as a Fanwood Recreation Commissioner and can regularly be found at town wide events as a sponsor or volunteer. I bring twenty years of experience in non-profit education sectors, honing skills in communications, development and fundraising. I graduated Cum Laude with an Elementary Education and Sociology degree from the University of Massachusetts.



In 2007, I moved to Fanwood where my husband and I enrolled my daughter in the Goddard School as it opened. My now 6th grader went on to McGinn Elementary school where I served on the District Legislative Team (essentially the liaison between

the BOE and PTA) and often attended Board of Education meetings, round table

discussions and presentations. I participated in the 2014-17 BOE Strategic Planning process and am just as excited to once again join my neighbors and share input to help shape the future Strategic Plan that the BOE is currently putting together.


Mayor Mahr with Amy Boroff at the 2015 Union County Women of Excellence awards
Mayor Mahr with Amy Boroff at the 2015 Union County Women of Excellence awards

In 2013 I opened Be Craftful in downtown Fanwood (for which I was recognized as a Union County Woman of Excellence for Entrepreneurship in 2015) and have since been an active volunteer within the borough, most recently being honored as a 2017 Fanwood Volunteer of the Month. While operating the Be Craftful storefront, I hosted SPF special needs students for on-site job training and development, annually participated in DECA’s business entrepreneurial breakfast, and employed dozens of SPF High School students (gaining insight on the students perspective within our district).


In 2015 Be Craftful began offering offsite enrichment programs and you can currently find me on Tuesday’s at the JCC where every art project I teach is launched with a fun book. Through my volunteer efforts, I have worked closely with town leadership, school leadership and our police department, all of which reaffirmed my belief that success demands consistency,

accountability and communication.


Prior to opening Be Craftful, I was a development director for Junior Achievement of New Jersey, a non-profit organization that educates youth on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Though this amazing organization, I collaborated with business executives, politicians, community representatives, volunteers and even High School students to provide K-8 graders with some of the tools they need to succeed. Along with my peers, I taught K-8 students throughout New Jersey including Plainfield, Madison, Trenton, Newark, Asbury Park, Elizabeth, Franklin, and more. I’ve taught around the world actually, my student teaching was completed in Plymouth England and outside of New Jersey I was employed for several years as a Paraprofessional in a Special Needs School in Flushing, NY and was also a student teacher in Northampton, Massachusetts. Every school, every district, every community is unique but all share in the commitment to providing today’s youth with the skills they need to be tomorrow’s leaders.


While I come to the table with fresh eyes, my passion for education and role with the Board of Education as a volunteer has provided me with knowledge and experience. In an evolving and constantly changing educational environment, communication among town and school leadership, community members, school staff, BOE members, parents and students is essential to student success. We can all do a better job collaborating, holding ourselves and children accountable, and being consistent among our schools and leadership.


I ask for your support in sharing my message and asking your friends for their vote, liking and sharing my Facebook page, and most importantly to please consider writing Amy Boroff as your personal choice in the 2017 elections.


Here is how to write-in Amy Boroff for the Fanwood Board of Education


Locate the "Official School Election Ballot - Fanwood" under the blue line on your ballot. There are no candidates on the ballot, so Column 1 is empty.


Mail in ballot: Simply locate the “Personal Choice” column and write-in Amy Boroff.


At the polls: Click the "Personal Choice" button and a green "X" will flash. Locate the keyboard at the bottom of the ballot. Type in Amy Boroff (use the arrow key for the space) and press enter. After your vote is typed and you’ve completed the rest of your ballot, press the red “cast vote” button.