Mahwah’s Election Guide 2012
Info about the candidates running for local office; Election Day is Tuesday
Tuesday, Mahwah voters will decide on local, county, state, and national political races. Locally, voters will choose between two candidates running for mayor, five running for three seats on the township council, and three running for three spots on the Mahwah Board of Education.
Check the following links for more information about candidates running for office in Mahwah.
Mayor – Two Candidates
William “Bill” Laforet – Laforet, a Mahwah gas station owner, was elected last November to finish out the final year of late Mayor Dick Martel’s term in office. Laforet, who announced his intent to seek reelection in April, has focused his campaign on lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, and “opening the government up to the people.”
Edward “Ed” Sinclair – Sinclair, the superintendent of the township’s Department of Public Works, is seeking his first term in office. Sinclair, who announced his intent to run for mayor in June, has focused his campaign on maintaining Mahwah quality of life and volunteer services, cutting wasteful spending and leading with “honesty, integrity, and loyalty.”
Township Council – Five Candidates
H. Lisa DiGiulio – DiGiulio has been a Mahwah councilwoman for 24 years. She announced her intent to run for office in August, saying she “enjoy[s] serving the people in this town.”
Jonathan Marcus – Marcus, a corporate attorney, is seeking his first term in office. Marcus announced his intent to run in September, saying he wants to bring the “perspective of the father of a young family” to the council.
John Roth – Roth has been a a councilman in Mahwah for eight years, and previously served on the township’s planning board and Board of Education. He announced his intent to run for reelection in June, saying he likes “finding solutions to problems that help make our community a better place to live and ultimately [making] a difference.”
Steve Sbarra – Sbarra, the owner of a Sports Clips in Wyckoff, is seeking his first term in office. He had an unsuccessful run for a council seat last year. Sbarra announced his intent to run again in September, saying his past “experience in corporate management, human resources and now as a business owner, would add value to a council whose responsibilities are to provide checks and balances in regard to township matters.”
Todd Van Duren – Van Duren, owner of the Ramsey Auto Group and member of the township Planning Board, is seeking his first term in office. Van Duren announced his intent to run in September, saying he has a long history of being an “involved Mahwah resident. I have kids in the school system, they are involved in sports, and I feel that I can bring that perspective of the day-to-day in Mahwah to the council.”
Board of Education – Three Candidates
Christine Davis – Davis is seeking reelection to a seat on the school board. She was first elected in 2003.
John Dolan – Dolan is seeking reelection to the school board. He is an MHS grad who served on the board from 1992-1995, and from 2000 through 2012.
John Ebanietti – Ebanietti is seeking his first term on the school board. He said he decided to run to dedicate more time to Mahwah’s “great” school district.
Polls will be open in Mahwah from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some districts will be voting at alternate polling locations, due to Hurricane Sandy. See all Mahwah polling locations here.
Elections on the County and State Level
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- Garrett, Gussen Debate in Mahwah [POLL]
The National Election
From our NJ Insiders Series:
- Aug. 12: NJ Insiders Not Sure Ryan Better Pick Than Christie
- Aug. 22: NJ Insiders: Booker Strongest Candidate Dems Can Field Against Christie
- Oct 4: Who Won the Debate? NJ Insiders Pick Romney
- Oct 17: Who Won the Debate? NJ Insiders Split Along Party Lines
- Oct. 23: NJ Insiders Split Along Party Lines After Final Debate
- Nov. 5: GOP Will Benefit From Down Voter Turnout, NJ Insiders Say