MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Councilman Robert Messler and Councilwoman Rachel Pater today announced their intention to seek re-election for Mountainside Council.

“I am proud to serve as your Councilman, and Rachel and I look forward to continuing our work for the residents of Mountainside,” said Messler. “As we continue to navigate through very challenging times, the Mountainside Council has maintained fiscal strength, continues to provide essential services to our residents while keeping municipal taxes low. It is with hard work and dedication that we will continue to put Mountainside first.”

“Mountainside is a wonderful town full of dynamic people and families,” noted Pater. “I hope to continue to contribute to the town that is noted for being one of the best places to live in New Jersey.” Pater continued, “In 2020, it was my honor to serve as one of the Co-chairs for the 125th Anniversary celebration. While the pandemic limited our plans, the community was able to come together for a final time capsule ceremony last October. I take great pride in serving as Councilwoman, and have also been fortunate to serve with Bob as he has been a mentor, friend and running mate.”

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Messler has been a Mountainside resident since 1994. Messler currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Public Works, Police Committee, and the Administrative & Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Media & Information Committee. Messler is the father of three children all of whom attended Mountainside schools, one has graduated college and the other two are enrolled now. Messler is also the Senior Vice President of V&S Galvanizing Group, with 8 locations in the United States.

Pater has been a Mountainside resident since 2011. In her official capacity Pater serves on the Fire Committee, Media & Information, and the Administrative & Executive Committee. She is also the Liaison to the Mountainside Restoration Committee and Senior Citizen Services. Rachel has been married for 17 years to her husband Matt, and they are the proud parents two sons Zach and Alex. Pater has a Bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College in New York. She was awarded a scholarship for the women’s basketball team, and played in the NCAA Division III National Championship game in 1990. She has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology for Business from Johns Hopkins University. Her professional background includes public policy, public relations, marketing and information technology.

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