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Councilwoman DiGiulio To Seek Reelection

With less than a week to go until the filing deadline to run for government office in Mahwah, the field of council candidates is just taking shape

Councilwoman Lisa DiGiulio, who has served on Mahwah’s township council for the past 24 years, will seek reelection this November. So far, DiGiulio is one of only two council candidates to submit petitions to the township to officially run for a seat on the legislative body.

“I just enjoy serving the people in this town,” DiGiulio said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “And, if they will let me, I’d like to continue to do it.”

In her 24 years on the council, she has served as both president and vice president, a member of the township beautification committee, and a member of the Mahwah Ambulance Corps. DiGiulio said she has been involved in the planning stages of both national and local programs and facilities, ranging from DARE and the NJ Child Abuse Task Force to the creation of Continental Soldiers Field and the Mahwah Public Library. She has also been active in many volunteer organizations in the township, namely the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

“Sometimes, experience counts,” DiGiulio said. “And, I hope that the people like what I have done for the town, and will vote for me.”

DiGiulio, who works for a payroll company, has lived in Mahwah since 1977. She and her husband have five children, two of which went through the Mahwah school system. Last year, she made an

With less than a week to go before the filing deadline in Mahwah, only DiGiulio and Councilman John Roth, , have filed petitions, Township Clerk Kathy Coletta said Tuesday.

The field of potential candidates for the three council seats up for election this year is still forming. According to Coletta, residents Jan Ariemma, M. Mian, Eileen Richter, Steven Sbarra, Jonathan Marcus and Todd Van Duren have all taken out petitions, and have yet to return them. Petitions must be returned to the township clerk’s office by next Tuesday in order for candidates to be eligible to run.

Resident Dan Weixeldorfer, who originally took out and returned petitions, has withdrawn from the race, Coletta said Tuesday. According to Weixeldorfer, a new job led him to the decision to withdraw his name from the race. “I took [a new] job offer and started the last week of July. With the hours I need to dedicate to the new office along with what's currently on my plate, the planning board and vice chairman of the environmental commission, I felt that I would not be able to give the proper amount of time it takes to be an involved council person,” he said.

Continue to check Patch for information about other candidates, and for continuing coverage throughout the election season.

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ref August 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Lisa,we want you on our council,you have my vote and Im sure everybody wants you to be their voice for a better Mahwah.
Q August 29, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Lisa, Thank you for your contiued contributions to Mahwah. It is an honor to have you on the council!
Michael Richards August 30, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I am very happy Lisa decided to run for town council. I have attended many town council meetings the last several years and witnessed her dedication to the people of Mahwah. Her many years of experience will serve the people of this township well. She is honest, hardworking and committed to the long-term welfare of our community.
Eileen Rite August 30, 2012 at 03:49 PM
The only thing Lisa is committed to is Lisa, and her ability to vote herself more benefits at the expense of the Mahwah taxpayer. We need someone on the council that puts the needs of the taxpayer first and foremost.
Andy Schmidt August 30, 2012 at 05:59 PM
There will be no more benefits as of January. The council already decided that matter: http://mahwah.patch.com/articles/at-mayor-s-request-public-officials-will-lose-eligibility-for-health-benefits I appreciate Mrs. DiGiulio offering her services for another term and I'm certain that her motivation is to serve her town and her fellow residents. You personally may not agree with every decision, but I have no doubt about her good intentions.
Eileen Rite August 30, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Andy, in case you forgot, the road to hell is paved with "good intentions".
ref August 30, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Hey rite your wrong about Lisa,just because you may not like her doesn't mean the you have to be nasty,the benefit package not only for Lisa but another member of the council was discussed and both members do not have benefits from the town,maybe you should keep current.
Eileen Rite August 31, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Hey ref, check your facts. That other member had the decency and common sense to recluse himself. Lisa didn't. More to the point; She could have received those benefits from her payroll job, instead she made us pay for her benefits.
MB August 31, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Well Ms. Eileen that is not the truth at all, apparently you have your opinions twisted! Lisa cares about everyone BUT Lisa, she has always put everyone first! Why I know this you ask??? Because she is my aunt and an amazing GREAT Aunt to my children. I have been apart of her family for 16 years and wouldn't have one bad thing to say about her. So maybe you should think long and hard before you post nonsense on a public website!!!
Eileen Rite August 31, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Like or dislike has nothing to do with the facts. What you label as "mean" is what most would call brutally honest. She voted herself benefits that she could have been gotten from her job. Now ask yourself this; did she make life easier for the Mahwah taxpayer? Did she put the Mahwah taxpayer before her needs or the needs of her other employer?
Eileen Rite August 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM
The only ones here giving personal "opinions" are you and ref. I simply stated a fact that happens to be the truth that you want to avoid. I don't care what she does as an aunt... I want her to act like a councilperson that puts the taxpayer first and NOT her personal needs. That means NOT voting herself health benefits that she could have gotten elsewhere, period!
Really!! September 01, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Thank you Lisa for all of your hard work and dedication to our town! Being in every parade, volunteering your time at town clean ups...the list goes on and on including all of the positive things that you do for this community. Please keep up the good work when you are re-elected. Keep working to keep our town from becoming a "privatized" town we appreciate it.
ref September 05, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Eileen,do you need directions to go there
A true Mahwah Resident September 27, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Eileen, you live in a fantasy world. As a resident of Mahwah for the past 32 years, I have seen first hand, the dedication and loyalty that Lisa has for not only the township, but the people of Mahwah! You should get your facts straight and not post YOUR personal opinions. The township and people have been a top priority in her life for the past 24 years....i pose this question to you, how long has the township and people been a top priority in yours?
ref September 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Eileen Rite,glad to see you shaved Dan makes you look a lot more intelligent than you really are. A yes vote for Lisa is a no vote for your boy the Mayor.
Andy Schmidt September 27, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Eileen, you stated: "The ONLY ones here giving personal "opinions" are you and ref." That is objectively untrue. You entered the conversation on 8/30 claiming: "The ONLY thing Lisa is committed to is Lisa, and her ability to vote herself more benefits". That IS your personal OPINION - because there is no way for any other person to actually KNOW what Mrs. DiGiulio is committed to. I don't know WHOSE opinion is true - but they certainly all are JUST opinions.

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