Mahwah Councilman John Roth will run for reelection this November, he announced in a release Friday. Roth has served on the township’s governing body since 2004, and will run for one of three council seats up for election this year.
Roth, a retired international marketing executive, has lived in the township with his wife and two sons for 19 years.
According to the release, Roth made the announcement at a campaign kickoff event earlier this month. “Public service is a way I can give back to the community that has given so much to me and my family,” he said in the release. “I find it rewarding and fulfilling to be of help to others by finding solutions to problems that help make our community a better place to live and ultimately make a difference.”
During his time on the council thus far, Roth has served as co-founder and Liaison to Mahwah Community News (MCN) and the , has been Council President and Vice President, and has chaired the Finance and Community Cable TV committees, and the Water Department Rate Advisory Panel.
Previously, Roth served on the township’s Planning Board, from 2002-2003, and on the from 1999-2002. Roth’s release said he “played a key role in helping to obtain passage of a public referendum that provided the funding for ,” while on the school board.
According to Roth, he is not running for council as a response to any specific township issue. “I do not bring an agenda to the Council,” he said. “I have served and hope to continue serving based on four fundamental principles: Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability, and Transparency.”
Roth told Patch he feels his past experiences make him a good candidate. “I have managed the balance between costs and services responsibly and care deeply about our infrastructure and the quality of life for all residents. Both require sound and efficient management, and my past experience and involvement with the Township in multiple areas have provided me with the capabilities to deliver meaningful results,” he said.
The town council seats currently held by Roth, Lisa DiGiulio, and Sam Alderisio are up for election this year. According to the town clerk’s office, four residents – Roth, DiGiulio, Dan Weixeldorfer, and Janet Ariemma – have picked up petitions to run. Only Roth has turned them in to the township so far, but the cutoff to return petitions and officially file to run is not until September.