FAIR LAWN, NJ - Councilwoman Cristina Cutrone announced her campaign for Fair Lawn Borough Council, officially, in a press release today.

Cutrone, a democrat appointed on May 15 to replace former Mayor Lisa Swain, is running against Republican Michael Rosenberg. Swain left to take a seat as a state assemblywoman.

The council consists of five members, currently four of which are democrats and one republican. Cutrone is filling an unexpired term that ends December 2019, but because of when she was appointed, to retain the seat, she has to run in the November 2018 election.

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The mayor is chosen among the council members. In recent years, the majority party has selected someone between them.

Challenger Rosenberg is holding a kick-off event for his campaign tomorrow, July 25.

Since launching her election campaign at least a month ago, Cutrone said she has “been hard at work, knocking on doors, talking to voters and sharing her message of standing up for taxpayers, protecting residents’ health and safety and building a strong future for Fair Lawn families.”

Cutrone stated in her press release, she “believes it’s important to be fiscally responsible when it comes to residents’ tax dollars.”

Earlier this year, Cutrone voted, along with the entire council, to adopt a budget with no tax increase.

Additionally, Cutrone said she is working to improve the quality of the town’s drinking water, exploring public/private partnerships to revitalize downtown business areas, working to preserve open space and finding ways to reduce traffic and make roads safer for pedestrians.

“The best way to meet the needs of residents is to get out and talk to voters as much as possible about the issues they care about,” Cutrone stated in the release.

“By working together, we can enhance what makes Fair Lawn such a special place to live and raise a family,” Cutrone said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve on the council and I’m working hard every day to draw from my experience as an educator, parent and dedicated member of this community to hold the line on taxes and get things done for our residents.”

In addition to her responsibilities as a Councilwoman, Cutrone is a public high school social studies teacher in Tenafly, where she leads AP Government and Constitutional Law classes, and is a Board of Education trustee for Bergen County’s Special Services School District. Additionally, she is a co-founder and president of Women Empowered Democratic Organization (WE DO), a grassroots group that trains and empowers Democratic women to run for office and get involved in public service. She and her husband, Stephen Musnikow, a lifelong Fair Lawn resident, are the parents of two children, Cole, 5, and Nora, 2.