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Freeholder candidates announce April 5th kick-off event



Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, Assemblyman Hal Wirths and Sheriff Mike Strada are among the hosts for the fundraiser for Franklin Council President Dawn Fantasia & Sparta Mayor Josh Hertzberg for Freeholder.

Dawn Fantasia, the Council President in Franklin Borough, and Josh Hertzberg, the Mayor of Sparta Township, will file the necessary paperwork next week to begin a joint campaign for two seats on the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 


They will be asking friends, family, neighbors, and party activists to circulate their petitions to secure the Republican nomination for those seats.

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Fantasia and Hertzberg also announced that they will be holding a fundraising event on Thursday April 5th, at the Mohawk House, at which they will make their formal announcement.  Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space, Assemblyman Hal Wirths and  Sheriff Mike Strada are among those who will be hosting the event for Fantasia and Hertzberg. 


Dawn Fantasia grew up in Ogdensburg, graduated from Wallkill Valley Regional High School, and is raising two daughters and a son in Franklin.  Her eldest daughter is now in college. 


Josh Hertzberg grew up in Sparta, where he lives today, with his wife and three young children.  His retired mother still lives in Sparta too.


Dawn holds a BA in theatre with a minor in communications and an MS in educational leadership.  She's taught English, speech, and theatre, served on the executive team of a North Jersey public charter school network, and is currently the middle school principal of Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in Garfield.  She has been active in educational advocacy efforts and provided testimony before the state legislature for fair school funding.


Josh started his professional career working for the Department of Justice.  While with DOJ, and then Homeland Security, he worked in Border Patrol, DEA, and then in Homeland Security in various positions and locations across the country.  With this background, Josh went to work at Port Newark for Maher Terminals.  He is currently the Director of Business Operations for the International Longshoreman's Association (ILA). 


Dawn serves on the Franklin Borough Council and is the current Council President.  Prior to this, she served on the planning board, zoning board, and economic development committee.  Dawn ran for council on a platform that included support for police officers and first responders, on a promise of transparency and accountability, and of economic growth and stability.  Working as a team, the mayor and council has consolidated its zoning and planning boards to become more business friendly; cut its municipal property tax rate; attained a positive Aa3 credit rating; and brought discretionary spending under control.  Dawn helped put the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) before the voters and helped pass this important means of supporting our dedicated first responders.


As Mayor, Josh has been part of a team in Sparta that has built a fiscal surplus and lowered the tax rate in two consecutive years -- all while continuing to add impactful capital improvements. This kind of fiscal responsibility has helped Sparta achieve a double A2 credit rating allowing further saving to the taxpayers.  Sparta has just completed its first turf sports field with no tax impact to the residents.  The township is partnering with the local VFW to create a local military outreach committee and has started a community business forum to help improve and grow the Sparta business community.  With his background in national security, Josh worked with Sparta's Police Chief to increase training hours for our officers and is bringing in a nationally recognized security firm to conduct a threat assessment and give our township employees, school employees, and teachers security training for worst- case scenarios. 


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Upcoming Events


Sat, March 24, 9:30 AM

Sparta Recreation Department, Sparta

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, March 24, 6:00 PM

McKenna Hall, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Sparta

Night with NJ Giants #53 Harry Carson Beefsteak


Sat, March 24, 6:00 PM

Perona Farms, Sparta

Trout Unlimited Annual Fund Raising Banquet

Arts & Entertainment


Tue, March 27, 7:30 PM

Council Chambers, Sparta

Sparta Township Council Meeting



Sat, March 31, 10:30 AM

Dykstra Park, Sparta

NEW DATE - UNICO Easter Egg Hunt

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Sun, April 8, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River



Fri, April 13, 5:00 PM

Sparta High School Auditorium, Sparta

2nd Annual Jazz Festival at Sparta High School

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Sat, April 14, 9:00 AM


Jr Lions Football - Meet & Greet

Education Sports

Sat, April 21, 9:00 AM


Earth Day Cleanup

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