CHATHAM, NJ - Karen Swartz has announced that she'll be running to fill the vacancy of Bailey Brower, Jr., when his term on the Chatham Township Committee ends this year.
"The real motivation is a seamless transition from someone who has given so much," Swartz said. "I'm an admirerer of Bailey, the way he's worked to keep taxes low and make sure we're a quality community, devoted to families and the township way of life.
Swartz will run in the Republican primary in June and has her sights on being up for one of the two open seats on the township committee along with current member, Kathy Abbott, who is running for reelection.
"There are a lot of issues I look forward to talking to the folks about," Swartz said. "To run a campaign in all different areas of the township will be exciting."
Swartz, 53, is currently in her second year as a member of the planning board. A former inter-dealer broker on Wall Street, she currently works full-time as a financial planner for Guardian Life.
Swartz's husband, Craig, is a substitute teacher at Chatham High, where he is their bowling coach. Her son, Kurt, is a CHS senior who is headed for Wake Forest. Her daughter, Kathleen, is a 2013 graduate of Gettysburg College.
Swartz has lived on Yarmouth Road since 1990. She grew up in Summit and is a 1982 graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine.