Craig Cayetano, 2019 and 2020 Independent Green Party candidate for Hawthorne Ward 3 formally announces his campaign to run for Hawthorne Town Council in 2021. In January the campaign announced their intent to run for higher office following the Hawthorne Council’s reorganization meeting.

“We thank everyone that has supported us before. We were very proud of the votes we received from Unaffiliated Independents, Democrats, Republicans, Greens and many others. We knew that our campaigns for Ward 3 brought forth new ideas that were invigorating the community, highlighting important projects across town, supporting small businesses, and putting the safety of pedestrians, runners and bikers first but we finally started to see the impact on the elected council, administration and mayor that night in January. When Council President Matthews mentioned his “Quality Of Life Issues” for Hawthorne we knew a lot of this had parallels to our platform. This was due to my attending and advocating for these issues at every town council meeting. Being Green isn’t just a goal -- it's a way of life for me and am proud of the initiatives started back in the Hawthorne Environmental Commission/Green Team, such as our polystyrene 'Styrofoam' drives. We also took the lead on advocating for electric charging stations and electrified municipal vehicles in those campaigns for office,” Cayetano said. 

After deciding to stay committed to running for town council instead of for mayor the campaign is calling on all of Hawthorne to sign onto Cayetano’s candidate petition. There is an online link similar to the process last year. It is really easy to complete. The petition requires your signature, full name, full address and zip code. Once again, signing a petition does not mandate a vote for that candidate. A signature sole purpose is to ensure that a candidate’s name will appear on the ballot on November 2nd. It can be signed securely here:

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The campaign only needs 69 signatures but since people were asked to sign on for either of the two main parties’ tickets or for those challenging in the primary. Since this is an at-large race, the campaign goal is 400 from across every ward in town. The Cayetano4Council 2021 campaign will also utilize a QR barcode to allow for door to door contact-less collection. Finally, for those comfortable with it, the campaign will also circulate a traditional paper petition. 

Cayetano said, “now is the time for everyone that wished they were able to vote in those previous races to help us first by getting us on the ballot in November. Our regular presence at council meetings, our thoughtful messaging, comprehensive platform and our leadership in township discussions on numerous critical issues prove we are capable of being your first choice for town council. Let’s make 2021 about the person and policies over party.” 

The campaign is also asking for you to support Green Party candidate for Governor Madelyn Hoffman by signing onto her petition. You can sign it securely here:

“We are excited to get in the streets and talk with our wonderful constituents about the issues that matter to them the most. Listening is something that we value. It allows us to be a bridge towards real solutions. We can’t wait to work together and move Hawthorne Forward in 2021,” said Cayetano.

You can always reach out to the campaign through a variety of ways via phone (973)-433-6696 or email The campaign will be looking for volunteers and interns this year. You can learn more about the campaign at this website:, Facebook: Cayetano4council, Instagram: @Cayetano4council and Twitter: @Green4Hawthorne