SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Andrew Bondarowicz was nominated by the Scotch Plains Republican committee to replace the departing Llewellyn Jones and was sworn in as a Councilman at the Tuesday, July 24, Scotch Plains Township Council meeting.
"I am honored to serve on the Council," Bondarowicz told TAPintoSPF. "Losing Llewellyn (Jones) is a big loss for Scotch Plains. He is a very smart and energetic person who always had the best interests of the town in mind. I know I have some big shoes to fill with his departure, but I hope to bring the same passion, energy, and ability to the office and make a positive impact for our community."
Bondarowicz is a practicing attorney and runs a regulatory and a corporate improvement consultancy. He has worked with over 30 Fortune 500 companies and multi-national firms such as JPM Chase, Prudential, and AIG. Bondarowicz previously served as an NFL player agent and then later launched sports media start-up Fanteractive.com. He has also served as the President of the Scotch Plains Fanwood Soccer Association (SPFSA) since 2017.
Prior to Bondarowicz's swearing in, the Council voted Ted Spera as Deputy Mayor to replace Jones, who sold his house in Scotch Plains and has moved to Nashville with his family. Jones announced on June 19 night that he would be resigning from the Council this summer.
“I will greatly miss Scotch Plains,” Jones said at the meeting and thanked residents for giving him the opportunity to serve.
Llewellyn Jones was first elected to the Scotch Plains Council in November 2013 to fill an unexpired term. The following November, he was the only Republican winner and tallied the most votes in the election. After taking over as mayor in January 2017, Al Smith, also a Republican, appointed Jones as Deputy Mayor.
Democrats Rose Checchio and John Del Sordi, who also joined Jones on the governing body following the 2014 voting, are finishing their own four-year terms. Neither one will be running for reelection in the fall.
Three seats on the Scotch Plains Council will be contested in 2018. In April, both parties named their candidates for November. Now-Councilman Andrew Bondarowicz is running on the Republican ticket with Jeff Kowalczyk and Sonali Dalvi. The Democrats nominated Joshua G. Losardo, Elizabeth C. Stamler, and Roshan "Roc" White.