CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz publicly commented on recent abdominal surgery that will keep her "sidelined for two weeks."

The successful surgery to remove a benign ovarian cyst was performed Monday.  

The cyst was discovered in a regular medical check up earlier this Spring. The invasive removal of the fast-growing, but non-cancerous cyst was unavoidable. While preferring to keep the matter private, Swartz said she did not wish to alarm the public regarding any missed events leading up to the Republican Primary on June 6th. She is running for a second three-year term.

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Swartz, Towmship Committee member Mike Kelly and challenger Rez Estevez are vying for the two open spots on the Republican ticket. Stacey Ewald is running in the Democrat Primary.

"I know that a lot of women have dealt with this sort of challenge," Swartz said in written statement. "I've spoken to many of them in our community while examining the options with my physician. While scary, the silver lining on all of this is the tremendous support I've gotten from my friends and neighbors here in Chatham. 

"People like that are the reason I enjoy serving on the Township Committee in the first place. I ask for your patience while I finish my recovery and I look forward to getting back to Town Hall just as soon as I receive medical clearance. Finally, I cannot stress enough that regular checkups can mitigate more serious issues that can arise if left unchecked."

While at home resting, Swartz said she expects to remain active in the governance of Chatham Township. She currently serves as the liaison to the Environmental Commission, the Planning Board and the Public Safety Sub-Committee.