CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Democratic Committee has officially endorsed Jocelyn Mathiasen to be the new Democratic Party candidate for Chatham Borough Council in November’s general election.
She will take over for Jill Strickler, who won a place on the Democratic ticket in the June primary but has had to drop out of the race for personal reasons. Mathiasen is an experienced local government manager and management consultant who has spent the past 20 years helping municipal governments become more efficient and responsive to residents and local businesses.
She boasts a strong track record in improving the productivity and effectiveness of city, town, and county governments through organizational change, process reforms, promotion of inter-municipal shared services, identifying and obtaining grant funds for municipal projects, employee development, and the implementation of new technology.
Among the many things Mathiasen hopes to do for Chatham as a Council Member will be to improve
communication between the Borough and its residents, enhance environmental stewardship, and help the
Borough better use technology to streamline operations. As she stated following last week’s Democratic
Committee vote, “I would be honored to serve on the Borough Council and offer my professional expertise
to improve our local government services while lowering aggregate cost. I know from experience that it can be done!”
Mathiasen has a BA in Government from Oberlin College and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as well as a Mini Master of Public Administration from Rutgers. She lives in the Borough with her husband Curt Dawson; son Peter, a senior at CHS; and two rescue dogs. An older son, David, is a sophomore at Boston College.
Jocelyn has been active in Chatham Moms for Change and started the Facebook group, Chatham College Sanity, to help Chatham parents navigate the stressful college admissions process. She has also served as a volunteer for Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue for more than fifteen years. Her professional website provides additional details about her background: http://www.jmgovernmentconsulting.com/home.html.
Pat Soteropoulos, the Democratic Committee Chair, notes that Jocelyn will be running with Carolyn Dempsey, who was the highest overall vote-getter at the municipal level in the June primary. “We are so excited to have these two terrific candidates, who each have a long history of very impressive personal and professional accomplishments, running for Borough Council. We believe they make for a very strong team and will work tirelessly, and with both concern and passion, on behalf of Chatham’s residents to ensure a bright future for everyone here in the Borough.”