Five Council Candidates To Run For Three Seats
Learn more about each of the official candidates
Five residents will be running for seats on the Mahwah Town Council this November. According to township clerk Kathy Coletta, current council members John Roth and Lisa DiGiulio, and newcomers Jonathan Marcus, Todd VanDuren and Steve Sbarra have all filed petitions to run for a seat on the township’s legislative body.
Roth announced his campaign for reelection in June. The retired international marketing executive has been on the township council since 2004, and has served in the past as both its President and VP. In a campaign announcement article earlier this year, Roth said “public service is a way I can give back to the community that has given so much to me and my family.”
DiGiulio confirmed her bid for reelection last month. DiGiulio, who works for a payroll company, has been on the council for 24 years, and in that time has served as both President and Vice President. “I just enjoy serving the people in this town,” she told Patch in an article announcing her campaign.
Jonathan Marcus announced his intent to run earlier this month. The lawyer said his experiences and volunteer work at Ramapo College and in the township have prepped him for the job. “I look forward to raising my family here for many years to come,” he told Patch of why he wants a seat on the council.
Todd VanDuren announced his intent to run earlier this month. One of the owners of the Ramsey Auto Group, VanDuren said his long history of volunteering in the township and involvement in Mahwah schools and activities prepped him for the job. “I talk to so many Mahwah parents and families at the schools or sports games about concerns we all share in town,” he told Patch. “I am hoping I can make a difference for people.”
Steve Sbarra announced his intent to run this week. The owner of a Sports Clips in Wyckoff, Sbarra made an unsuccessful bid for a township council seat last year. He said his professional experience would help the council maintain "checks and balances" in township government affairs.
Election day is November 6.