RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council voted unanimously to appoint resident Joan Hutzler to replace Don Tozzi as its sixth member following his resignation in late January.

Uncharacteristically, the council held a quick public meeting where it nominated, voted and swore in Hutzler - in a basically empty room - before going into closed session at its Tuesday meeting. Typically, at its twice monthly meetings, closed session begins at 6:30 p.m. and the public portion begins at 7 p.m., but the vote on Hutzler was done early when the meeting was first called to order prior to closed session.

During the public session of the meeting that followed, Hutzler abstained from voting on any major issues.

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Hutzler is a native of Raritan. She attended St.  Joseph Parochial School, Bridgewater-Raritan High School West and Raritan Valley Community College.

She has worked as a legal assistant at the Law Office of William T. Cooper for 30 years.

Her decision to accept a seat on the board was twofold.

“I want to work on the revitalization of our main street,” Hutzler said. “I would also like to give back to the town where I grew up and lived all my life.”

Hutzler describes herself as an avid reader, focusing on biographies and historical non-fiction, and a traveler.

At the end of January, Tozzi sent in his resignation letter, notifying the governing body that he was relocating to South Carolina.

Hutzler’s council seat will be on the November ballot and whoever is elected will finish out the final year of Tozzi's term, ending on Dec. 31, 2021.