Dear Editor:

I am excited to announce that Incumbent Mayor Charles Lombardo, and his running mates Jennyfer Guerrero and Vincent Kearney, have been chosen as the candidates of the official Democratic Party of Garwood in the primary election.

Mayor Charles Lombardo, former councilman for 21 years and Mayor for the last three and a half, is running for re-election with Jennyfer Guerrero, a PSE&G executive with children in our school system. Vincent Kearney, who will have children in school this fall, fills out the ticket with his strong police experience working for the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Jenn and Vincent have never run for public office before. They both are homeowners, both ironically have twins and both have chosen our Small Town with the Big Heart to raise their families.

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The motto of the Lombardo-Guerrero-Kearney team is "Garwood Forward" and we would have it no other way. Garwood is moving toward much change and we embrace that change for the betterment of our residents. Yes, we look to the past to build on the future, but we do not dwell on it.  If Garwood is to remain a viable and vibrant community, we must change and continue to move forward, otherwise we stagnate. However, it should not be “out with the old and in with the new”.  We, as a community, will continue to thrive with a broad range of ideas from all of our residents. Our team has the energy, vision, and determination to continue what was begun ten years ago, under the former two Mayors, and was continued under the leadership of Mayor Lombardo with regard to redevelopment,  bringing it to completion. Under Mayor Lombardo’s leadership, he has re-energized the Historical Committee so we do not forget our past as we look to our future. But we do not stop there - our team is committed to meet every challenge before us, no matter how small, with vigor and fairness to all constituents in our community.  This team is diverse and knowledgeable and our group is one. There is no "I" in our team.

Mayor Lombardo has forged many relationships within our community and with other nearby towns, and met with government leaders of the State and County, with Garwood in mind, not to grab headlines, or for personal gain, but only for the furtherance of Garwood and its residents. Mayor Lombardo brings experience, integrity, fortitude and civility to whatever he does for the Borough. His running mates bring their own strong values and principles and will be an asset to Garwood's current and future viability while we move forward as a community. It is our belief, as Garwood Democrats, that integrity and loyalty are the most valuable and respected qualities of leadership. That is the foundation for the bonds of trust.

To learn more about Mayor Charles and Council Candidates Jenn and Vince, please visit Facebook under @GarwoodForward and their website Our candidates look forward to engaging with their fellow residents during this campaign, as they demonstrate that their team is the best choice to move Garwood Forward.