Patrick Justin Fahey recently announced his candidacy for the Westfield Board of Education in November. “There are very important issues that need addressed,” he said. Fahey cited as the most important issue the safety of students and teachers. “As we saw firsthand with the incident at Tamaques school last year we live in a new age where schools can be in danger at any time. We must rise to this challenge and protect our kids.”
Fahey, who goes by his middle name Justin, comes from a family of educators. His mother was a school teacher for more than twenty-five years and his father was a teacher before becoming a fundraiser at Fordham University. After Graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in economics, Justin parlayed an internship into a career at a mutual fund run by famed value investor Michael F. Price. After switching careers to travel the country as a stand-up comedian, he took his creativity and funneled it into freelance writing. His role as the only reporter for two weekly newspapers won him two New Jersey Press Association awards as well as the coveted New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs Media Award.
From there he went on to work for the Deputy Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly as a public and media relations specialist, eventually achieving the position of Chief of Staff and Director of Communications.
He then struck out on his own as President and CEO of Fahey Communications with such high-profile accounts as Seton Hall University.
Mr. Fahey’s expertise has been called on by the Wall Street Journal and he has written articles for publications such as Campaigns and Elections Magazine.
He served as Vice President of the Jefferson School PTO and the chair of one of the school’s biggest fundraisers. He also chaired the school’s first community service day. He has volunteered as coach for both T-ball and softball.
In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University, Mr. Fahey holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University.
In 2008, he married Westfield native and product of the Westfield school system Kim Kelly. They have two children, Aine, who attends Jefferson Elementary school and 4-year-old Finn.