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Roxbury's "At-Large" Councilmen Want Your Votes

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L to R: Bob DeFillippo, Mark Crowley, Jim Rilee at Tuesday's meeting of Roxbury Mayor and Council
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ROXBURY, NJ – Three Roxbury Mayor and Council incumbents on Tuesday announced something that will come as no surprise to anyone: They are seeking re-election.

In a press release, Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley, Councilman Jim Rilee and Councilman Bob DeFillippo said they are proud of their local government accomplishments and “want to keep the momentum going.”

Crowley, Rilee and DeFillippo, all Republicans, fill the “at-large” seats on the 7-member Roxbury Mayor and Council. The terms last for four years.

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“Roxbury is a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said the trio in the statement. “The township has the best recreational facilities, tax efficient and effective municipal services, and we will soon eliminate our general obligation debt.”

Crowley, chosen this month by his council colleagues to serve as mayor, runs an information technology/software business in Roxbury. He has lived in the township with his wife, Andie, for more than 25 years and has five children.

Rilee, an executive at Livingston-based Bottle King, has been on the council for more than 19 years. He and his wife, Stacey, have been Roxbury residents for more than 25 years and raised a daughter in the township. Rilee is also chairman of the New Jersey Highlands Council, a gubernatorial appointment.

DeFillippo, a former journalist who retired in 2014 from a position as Prudential Financial’s chief communications officer, currently works as a consultant and teaches graduate level courses at New York University. He and his wife, Kathy (who is a Morris County freeholder) have lived in Roxbury for more than 20 years and raised three children in the township.

No Democrats have formally announced a plan to run for election. The council currently has one Democrat: Councilman Dan Kline, who became the governing body’s first Democrat member in 12 years when he won election in 2015.

“The Rilee, Crowley, DeFillippo Republican team has the experience, skill and commitment to provide the leadership needed to keep Roxbury moving forward,” Crowley said in the statement. “We have a proven track-record of keeping the cost of government down, while maintaining the municipal services residents want.”

Rilee described himself, in the release, as being a “fiscal watchdog” who “worked to improve the township’s water supply, preserve open space, stop uncontrolled residential development and improve traffic congestion while supporting Council efforts to share the cost of some municipal services with other neighboring municipalities.”

DeFillippo, in the statement, praised Roxbury’s people. “One of the things that makes Roxbury great is its residents,” he said. “People in town are always willing to volunteer their time to help their neighbors, young people and senior citizens.”

Primary Election Day is June 6.

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