FAIR LAWN, NJ - Now that the uncontested primaries are over, republican candidates John Gil, Stephen Janiszak and Glen Callons are beginning their summer campaigns where residents will see them out in full force discussing issues.
Having previously released their "Promise to Fair Lawn" proposals, the candidates, who were out walking the Fair Lawn Street Fair on June 9, were talking about the creation of a permanent Interfaith Council.
The Council would meet on a regular basis and be made up of the diverse houses of faith in the town. This would be especially crucial, they said, after the recent anti-Semitic graffiti was found in Glen Rock High/Middle School in the past couple of weeks.
"The two incidents at the Glen Rock High/Middle School highlight why such a permanent standing committee in Fair Lawn could be a true benefit and resource to our community," Gil said last weekend.
"My years of training and experience as the community policing officer in Fair Lawn taught me that we never want to be reacting to events such as what happened in Glen Rock; we want to be proactive," Callons said. "This permanent Interfaith Council will allow the leaders of all our houses of worship to discuss issues, create ways to learn more about each other and establish a platform that we as neighbors can grow."
"One of the many factors that make our town so great is our diversity," Janiszak said. "By providing this forum as a permanent part of our borough sends the message that we truly are an inclusionary town, not just with words, but actions."
"One of the key ways of ending anti-Semitism, and all forms of hate is communication," Gil said. "Our hope is that this permanent committee will facilitate dialog, education, and understanding within our community and strengthen our bonds."