This year’s council races are an opportunity to bring innovative improvements to Hawthorne. The Hawthorne Democrats believe we are a strong and vibrant town in need of hardworking leadership. For too long the current administration has been asleep at the wheel, slow to respond to issues, allowing poor service to continue, and failing to support business in town. That will change.
If elected the Hawthorne Democratic Team pledges:
Improvement in Town Services: Hawthorne residents deserve a better process for writing requests for proposals containing specifications guaranteeing better services, including an improvement in trash and recycling pickup providers.
Modern Communication Methods: Your local government should listen and respond to you quickly. We pledge to use a wide range of modern social media to interact with you and respond immediately to your concerns. As an example, we are the first campaign in Hawthorne’s history to use an SMS text program instead of phone calls to communicate with voters. Supporters can text “HawDems” to 33222 to get campaign updates.
Commuter Village Development: Our town benefits by being commuter and transit-friendly. We will work to develop existing vacant properties into accessible parking and transit village spaces to benefit our commuters and the entire community. We also pledge to take advantage of the many state and federal grant programs not currently applied for by the current administration to achieve this goal.
Improve County Relationships: Hawthorne has often been on the losing end of Passaic County support and resources due to a lack of productive and open lines of communication. We pledge to change the dynamic by opening-up dialog, ensuring Hawthorne receives its fair share from County leadership.
Smart Economic Development: Too many Hawthorne families go elsewhere to shop, eat, work and play while storefronts stay empty and old warehouses remain undeveloped. Let’s keep our tax dollars local by working with local landlords, business, and property owners to fill vacant spaces, improve the variety of local services, and redevelop our downtown areas.
Ward 1 incumbent candidate, Joe Wojtecki:
Joe is currently serving his fourth term on the Hawthorne Borough Council. He and his family have lived in Hawthorne since 1992. Joe is the father of 3 adult sons Joseph (Veteran –USMC), L.Cpl. Alexander (USMC), and Christian. He is a 25-year member of the Hawthorne Fire Department, and a Life Member of both the Glen Rock Ambulance and the Fair Lawn Heavy Rescue Squad. He is also President Elect of the Belleville Kiwanis Club. As a parishioner of Saint Anthony’s Church, Joe is a member of the parish’s Feast Committee. He is the Assistant Director of the Patient Experience Department at Clara Maass Hospital. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Humanism in Healthcare Award.
Ward 3 candidate, Kim Maciejewski:
Kim and her husband Drew live near the High School along with their two English Mastiffs, Penny and Bruce. After law school, she spent 10 years practicing as an ethics and conflicts of interest attorney before being brought in-house by a Wall Street financial advisory firm. She has spent her entire career as a problem solver and a conflict mediation expert which gives her unique insight when it comes to working as part of a team to get things done. Kim’s background has given her the skills needed to understand what it takes to run and grow businesses of all sizes and the role local government can play in supporting and building communities.
Ward 4 candidate, Jen D’Angelo:
Jen is a life-long resident. She graduated from Hawthorne High School and the Ho Ho Kus School. As an advocate of environmental issues, Jen actively works to preserve monarch butterflies and honeybees. She is a strong supporter of various rescue local groups including Hawthorne Police and Fire department, as well as HVAC and DVRT. She is Saint Anthony church parishioner. Jen Lives on Eighth Ave with her boyfriend and their 6 year old rescue cat.