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Auto Group Owner To Run For Town Council

Todd VanDuren says his history of involvement in town prompted him to run

One of the owners of the Ramsey Auto Group, a family-owned and operated chain of local car dealerships, is planning a run for town council this November.

Todd VanDuren said he submitted petitions to the township clerk Friday because he feels his long history as an “involved Mahwah resident,” makes him a “good candidate for the job.”

VanDuren has lived in Mahwah since 1975. He has three kids, two of which are currently enrolled in Mahwah schools, and his wife is the President of the Company 4 ambulance squad.

VanDuren said he has a long history of volunteering on behalf of the town. He has been a member of the for two years, and a member of the .

“I am involved in a lot in the town,” VanDuren said of why he decided to run. “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.”

“I talk to so many Mahwah parents and families at the schools or sports games about concerns we all share in town,” he said. “I am hoping I can make a difference for people.”

The business owner will be running with the campaign slogan, “Committed to the Community.”

VanDuren will be running for one of three open seats on the township council. Candidates so far include current council members and .

According to the township clerk, residents Jan Ariemma, M. Mian, Eileen Richter, Steven Sbarra, and Jonathan Marcus have all taken out petitions to run. Petitions must be returned to the township clerk’s office by next Tuesday in order for candidates to be eligible to run.

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ABBY September 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Andy interesting point about Mahwah being a non-partisan town? Then why would our Democratic Mayor take all kinds of money from the head of the Hoboken Democratic Party? Why all this money from the Democrats if we are non-partisian and why all of this money from outside Mahwah? Is it just me or does this not seem right? One other question the big checks he is getting is coming from competing gas stations of his inside Mahwah. Am I the only one that says something smells funny over this?DetailFilingReport.aspx?ID=320192&Page=1&LastName=laforet&Location=233
Ted September 07, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Abby, Do you have the complete link to LaForet's filing? It is cut off.
ABBY September 07, 2012 at 08:42 PM
TS sorry aboout that, here you can check all his reports right here. http://www.elec.state.nj.us/ELECReport/MultipleSearchView.aspx?Page=1&Location=233&LastName=laforet
Gottardo DiGiacopo September 08, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Really!! "Maybe you are the one hiding behind a fake name." i think you got something there!
ref September 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Abby it seems that a certain gasolione station owner wants to expand his business on Rt 17 North,its my understanding that he is going to the planning board to try and get a variance,just so happens he owns two or three stations already,isnt that right Chardel?

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