My name is Marty Rothfelder and I am the Democratic candidate for the Westfield Town Council in the third ward. My family and I have long been committed to helping others. Running for town council is an extension of that commitment. I have a passion to contribute to making Westfield even better than it is today.
Westfield has been a wonderful place to raise my family. My three children enjoyed the great benefits of the Westfield Public Schools and other opportunities Westfield provides to children. Building on that foundation, my children are flourishing and contributing to their communities. My daughter Marissa (WHS class of 2009) is a recent graduate of Suffolk University) and lives in Boston. My son Alex (WHS class of 2012) is a rising Senior at Clark University in Worcester, MA. My daughter Claire (WHS class of 2014) is a rising sophomore at the University of Vermont.
I am an attorney specializing in utility and telecommunications law. My work has included serving as counsel to many New Jersey municipalities. I currently work for PSE&G on large infrastructure projects, including the Energy Strong initiative to make the PSE&G system more resilient to future storms.
Some of the best experiences of my adult life happened while working together with my family as a volunteer to help others. One I am most proud of is when my oldest daughter asked if we could house a homeless 20-year-old youth who was living in a vacant building in Westfield. Upon finding no resources to house single homeless men at that time in Union County, we agreed to invite him into our house where he stayed for nine months. He is now has an excellent job, has a place of his own, and is doing well.
Many of my volunteer efforts have been through my congregation — The Unitarian Church in Summit — a regional congregation that draws many from Westfield. There I have taught in the religious education program for 15 years, served as a youth group advisor, have served on the board and as president of the board of trustees, served on and chaired countless committees, and raised money for many causes both within and outside the congregation. I have volunteered to work with teams in the Westfield Soccer Association, have led groups of youths to feed the homeless in Newark and New York City with Bridges Outreach, and have served six years on the Westfield Democratic Committee.
My family is supporting my run for office. My campaign has begun and I have started going door to door in the Third Ward to hear what the concerns of the people are. I look forward to an issue oriented campaign and the exciting possibility of making a difference in Westfield.