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.