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Roth Will Seek Reelection This November

So far, four residents have picked up petitions to run for three spots on the town council

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.


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Gottardo DiGiacopo June 23, 2012 at 02:17 PM
to "Back-Down" is often a weakness, however, "Listening" is always a great strength!
Lynne McLewin June 23, 2012 at 03:08 PM
"He didn't have to listen to residents" ?? what kind of democracy is that. ?? I think it is time to move from dictatorship to democracy. That shift requires a more respectful relationship between the elected representatives and the electorate than what Mr. Roth offered last year.
Randy H June 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Gottardo, I agree with you 100%. The stunt that was pulled by the 4 members of the town council including Roth on March 31th 2011 was a disgrace and a slap to the Mahwah Residents. Roth or any member on the council back in March 2011 should be ashamed to run for a spot to represent Mahwah after ignoring over 400 Mahwah residents back in March 2011. As far as I am concerned any member of the town council that turned their backs on the Mahwah residents back in March 2011 should be banned from making any kind of decision concerning Mahwah. They already proved they don’t care want Mahwah residents think or have to say, that was proven back in March. You think the people that showed up for the meeting back in March 2011 will vote for him.
Ralph June 23, 2012 at 08:17 PM
When will the stop the mall group get over the fact that 400 Mahwah residents do not represent ALL of Mahwah. We have over 30,000 residents and while the 400 had the chance to voice their opinion, 4 of the 6 standing council people voted for what they thought was best for the whole town not just the 400 residents who were against it. Any time there is a change to something some people will be for it and some people will be against it. Our elected officials vote for what they think is right. Thats what they were voted in to do. You may not like Mr. Roth but im sure that if you looked at his overall record, you would see that he has done an outstanding job of representing the town as a whole. I'd rather have someone who speaks their feelings and stands by their vote then others who hide behind the few who complain. Mr. Roth you have my vote, because you speak the truth unlike other elected officials in this town.
Randy H June 23, 2012 at 09:29 PM
It is not just the 400 Mahwah residents that is the problem; it is the 4 members of the council that did not take the time to listen to the 400 Mahwah residents. The 4 council members that would not even put the mall up to a vote because they knew the outcome, and the town residents made it so Mahwah could voice their opinion on the mall, and when Mahwah spoke, they wanted no mall, and these are the people you want in office?
Hank June 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The council members knew that most 400 people were not either not fully informed or serious about the mall. They were smart enough to know that in a short period of time there would only be 20 or 30 people left in the STM movement. They were right btw.
Randy H June 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Thanking him, your kidding right. That is exactly what I want, my kids hanging out at a mall, where they can find themselves in trouble real fast, I don’t have enough to worry about them getting hooked on drugs or alcohol in school, they can find that at the mall with no problem. If you think your son is too young to ride his bike on Rt 17 now, but it will be safe to ride his bike on Rt 17 at the age of 12. I really hope you typed that wrong, because it is not safe to ride a bike on Rt 17 or any highway at any age..
Hank June 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Randy your kids are more likely to get hooked on drugs and alcohol and engage in dangerous activities in our many parks than the new mall. There are also many malls in the area where they can practice. Funny that Interstate shares a fence with a middle school with no problem. Btw do you let your kids ride down 202 to Continental Soldiers field or up Airmont Rd to the field by Secors?
Randy H June 24, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Hank, no I don't let my kids ride on any major roads, I am not so much worried about my kids being safe on the roads, I am much more concerned about the new drivers and adults for that matter that would rather be talking on their cell phone or better yet texting while driving, that is my big worry. Too many people don’t have their eyes on the road anymore. The last thing I want is some parent crying their eyes out on the phone telling me how sorry they are that their son or daughter was not paying attention, because they had to answer that text, took their eyes off the road, and o well your son was riding his bike. I am sure you agree, there are far too many distractions from when we were growing up. The road I was talking about was Rt 17, would you allow your kids to ride their bike on Rt 17? Below is what Ronda wrote, this is what I was refering too: You will all be thanking him when you have your children playing on the field behind the new mall, or going to the movies there. My son is a little to young to ride his bike on RT 17 but the time the mall is open he will be 12 or so and will love going there with his friends
Eileen R June 24, 2012 at 03:00 AM
During the past years I have been I the Board of Education for 12 yrs and the Town Council for 8 yrs among other various boards and committees in our town. The Crossroads among other important issues in our town have been around longer than I was . The reason that little progress seems to have been made is many of the questions that were asked to be addressed 10 or 15 years ago are still unanswered and until that is done to the satisfaction of all involved we will continue to be at odds . No one is going to ever be 100 percent happy. But it is time to stop the criticism if the people who are trying to do what is best on this issue. It is not an easy task. There are so many factions to deal with and the developers are not always listening to US whether as the Council, Planning Board, STM etc. When you have so many people to try to make happy, what seems reasonable to one person is so wrong to someone else. Patience and consensus is something we certainly lack around here as well as Trust. How can you support people's decisions when you don't trust. Listen lto the officials. Really listen. So many times I wanted to stop the meeting and say. Listen to yourselves. You are Not listening to us. You have an opinion you want heard, but you aren't listening to ours. Get to know them and what they stand for. Vote for the people that will work for all of the town. Not just for you. We are Mahwah.
Ralph June 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM
well I guess you werent at the same meeting as I was Randy H. The council and everyone else listened to everyone who wanted to speak to them in the public portion of the meeting. The meeting went well after midnight and in fact the voting to change the zoning wasn't down until about 1AM. I guess nobody took the time to listen. The problem is that once again the voting members voted to do what they felt was right for the whole town. The vote went down 4 to 2 to change the zoning. Lets not forget all the good things that the council has done. Check out the taxes in the surrounding towns and let me know when you want to move there!!!
Ralph June 24, 2012 at 02:19 PM
well said Eileeen and that you for your service to our community.
Gottardo DiGiacopo June 24, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Yes Eileen! Ultimately it is all about trust...in ourselves and our neighbors, in the process, in conviction as well as compromise... and especially it is about resisting this ongoing cultural shift that says the only effective positions are from the extreme opposites when in fact we are all much closer to the center.
Andy Schmidt June 25, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I'm glad to read in the updated artcile that Mrs. DiGiulio is considering giving her time and expertise to Mahwah for another term - despite a very tumultuous four years that polarized the township and the unpleasantries launched against candidates during the mayoral race.
Kevin June 25, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Ronda H. the field that will be built will be in the long run a bad idea, parents will have to fight the traffic in the mall to get to the field which will be in the far reaches of the lay out. Not such a great idea. I have two children who are reaching the age of playing sports and do not look forward to the field. As for Mr. Roth I will not be voting for him. Good luck to him in whatever he does after the election.
Mahwah Resident June 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Ronda, Are for real????? Are you kidding me? His job IS to LISTEN to the residents who voted for him. And that is the reason I and many Mahwah residents will NOT be voting for him. He did it to himself and turned his BACK on Mahwah!!!!!!!!
Mahwah Resident June 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Ronda, The parents of Mahwah DO NOT want an extra sports field on contaminated soil or regular soil for that matter. We have enough of fields. When John Roth and his mall payoff, retires and moves to Florida we are stuck with this mall that no one wants. Ronda John Roth is finished and should start looking at retirements homes in Florida.
Mahwah Resident June 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Ronda, NO, we the people of Mahwah can't and won't forget how John Roth ignored and turned his back on the residents of Mahwah!!!!
ramapo rocks July 08, 2012 at 09:09 AM
this is funny, lmao, r u a real mom? adults don't ride on rt 17 r u trying to kill kid
Gottardo DiGiacopo July 11, 2012 at 01:33 AM
i hear you Andy, Lisa DiGiulio is a no-nonsense stateswoman with a big heart!
Andy Schmidt July 11, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Yes Gottardo - ultimately we can be thankful for ANY candidate (mayoral, council, school board, etc.) who is willing to put their name in the hat and suffer through the personal attacks by a small group of anonymous cowards. All of these positions require countless evening and nightime hours of (essentially) unpaid time (those stipends are mere cents to the hour) in work sessions, public meetings, attending official functions, conferences, meeting preperations, studying proposals, working in committees/sub-committees... Every single one deserves our thanks for stepping up - whether we feel personally feel that this particular candidate is the one to vote for, or not!
Gottardo DiGiacopo July 12, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Agreed Andy, and thanks for the reminder!
ref August 12, 2012 at 06:20 PM
You have my vote John Roth,I just hope the "Johnny come lately" doesn't get elected.
Ted Slockbower September 04, 2012 at 10:09 PM
John has had an outstanding record on the council. He has my vote!
ref September 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
come on Dan knock it off New jersey realitor
ref September 06, 2012 at 10:10 AM
What happened to NJR,Dan your such a stand up guy


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