A alum who says he plans to raise his family in Mahwah for “many years to come,” will be running for township council in November’s election.
According to Jonathan Marcus, his petitions to run were filed last week.
The Wyckoff native moved to Mahwah 14 years ago, after graduating from Ramapo College and Seton Hall Law School. “At first, I lived in Franklin Heights, and once I got married my wife, Tammy, and I knew we wanted to settle down and raise our family here,” Marcus said. “It has always been my dream to do that, and I’m so pleased I’ve been able to.”
The family now lives in the Fardale section of town.
Marcus, an in-house corporate attorney for a Big 4 accounting firm, has kept close ties with his undergraduate alma mater. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Ramapo College Foundation, is on the school’s Strategic Planning Task Force, and just wrapped a stint as the president of the Ramapo Alumni Association.
Marcus said he also spends time volunteering. He teaches confirmation classes at the Grace United Methodist Church in Wyckoff, is a “Daisy dad” for his daughter’s Girl Scout troop at George Washington, and was a member of the .
The attorney said his “young family” – he has two daughters, a six year-old about to start school at and a three-and-a-half year-old about to start preschool at – helped inspire him to run.
“I look forward to raising my family here for many years to come,” he said. “So, my major concern is how we can create a sustainable environment now that will last into the future.”
Marcus is running for one of three open council seats this year. So far, current council members and , and business owner have announced intentions to run.
According to the township clerk, residents Jan Ariemma, M. Mian, Eileen Richter and Steven Sbarra 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.