Fanwood Democrats Nominate Erin McElroy-Barker and Patricia Walsh to Run for Borough Council

Mayor Colleen Mahr flanked by Councilwoman Erin McElroy-Barker (left) and Council Candidate Trisha Walsh Credits: Tom Kranz
Erin McElroy-Barker Credits: Tom Kranz
Trisha Walsh Credits: Tom Kranz

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Democratic Committee has nominated Borough Councilwoman Erin McElroy-Barker for a second term and resident Patricia Walsh to run for the Council seat currently held by Jack Molenaar, who is not seeking re-election.

McElroy-Barker, currently serving her first term on the Council, is the chair of the Council's Recreation and Community Services Committee and a member of the Council Health and Senior Services and Public Works Committees. She has been pivotal in charting the course of Recreation programs in our town and has been a tireless advocate for Fanwood taxpayers.

A 15-year resident of Fanwood, McElroy-Barker is married with two boys. She is a full time social worker at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick specializing in helping people with chronic disease. She has worked with children and families for more than 20 years.

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“Fanwood is such a great place for children to grow up,” McElroy-Barker said. “I really want to maintain Fanwood as an affordable place to live while strengthening our identity as a community of people who care about one another.”

Trisha Walsh is a 26-year resident of Fanwood whose four children have all gone through our public school system. Her strong interest in public education is rooted in her 30-year career as a teacher in the New York City school system and her involvement in local PTAs and school-sponsored programs in our community. She has been involved in many of Fanwood's signature events including Earth Day, the 5K and the annual holiday tree lighting. Walsh is a past member of the College Club and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scholarship Foundation, both of which award scholarships to our local high school seniors. She is married to Recreation Commissioner Neil Pierce.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Mayor and Council to continue the great work that has made Fanwood such a wonderful community. I feel very fortunate to have been able to raise my four children in such a fabulous town," Walsh said.

Fanwood Council members serve the public for $1 a year with no other benefits. Please vote for Erin and Trisha in the June 5th Democratic primary.

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