FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Fair Lawn Republicans recently announced their 2019 council candidates of John Gil, Stephen Janiszak and Glen Callons to oppose the three democrats running for three four-year terms in November.

Democrats, who announced their ticket a month ago, are running Mayor Kurt Peluso, Councilwoman Cristina Cutrone and Kris Krause for Fair Lawn Borough Council in the November election. 

Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs John Cosgrove, the lone republican on the Council, is not seeking re-election. Incumbents Peluso and Cutrone fulfill their current terms on Dec 31. There are three open seats on the five-member council for the November election. Voters choose council members for four-year terms and the Council chooses the mayor for a one-year term from among themselves at the annual reorganization meeting in the beginning of January.

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John Gil is a life long resident of Fair Lawn whose experience in government spans federal, state and county levels. He has worked as a Congressional Staffer, Chief of Staff to a member of the Assembly, and Communications Director to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, as well as the County Executive. Gil stated, “I have had the privilege to work for, and most importantly learn from, some great leaders in our community such as Congresswoman Marge Roukema, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and Mayor John Cosgrove.”  

"I want to take my knowledge and experience to help address, and most importantly solve, issues facing our borough," Gil said.

Stephen Janiszak moved to Fair Lawn with his wife four years ago and works as a copywriter for a major retailer. “My wife grew up in Fair Lawn and when we looked at where we wanted to settle down, Fair Lawn was our obvious choice,” Janiszak said. “Like many here in Fair Lawn, we are a young couple starting our family.  I want to be a voice on the council ensuring that Fair Lawn remains a town that gives everyone the opportunities that so many generations before us had.”

Glen Callons is another life long resident who has served Fair Lawn as a Police Officer for 25 years. He was the longest-serving Community Policing Officer in the borough’s history. Callons received numerous citations, awards, and proclamations during his career including the Bergen County Crime Prevention Officer of the Year Award as well as the NJ Child Abuse Prevention Award in 2001 with Congressional recognition. He has also been an active volunteer in many organizations in town. 

“My family has served Fair Lawn for generations," Callons said. "I know that my knowledge, training, and experience has given me an unmatched insight on what is required to make sure that our children, homes, and our businesses are the safest they can be. Fair Lawn has prepared me with the necessary training and experience during my years of service.  Now, I would like to give back to the town that gave me so much.”

The team has announced their “Promise to Fair Lawn”:

  • To provide an alternative viewpoint and voice to the one-party domination of municipal, county, and state government.  
  • To ensure that appointments to boards and committees are based on qualifications and not political affiliations.  
  • To continue the fiscal policies enacted under then-Mayor John Cosgrove that have put Fair Lawn in the best financial state that the borough has ever been in.
  • To advocate for our town on quality of life issues at the State and County levels such as court-mandated over development, issues facing NJ Transit commuters, and to pave our roads such as Morlot Ave. 
  • To create a permanent Interfaith Council made up of the diverse houses of faith who make our community so strong.
  • To enact a safer street initiative that will bring back a community watch program, focus on pedestrian safety, and creation of an opioid taskforce.   
  • To work on positive community enhancements such as a long requested Dog Park in town.