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Westfield Democrats Running Three Candidates for Town Council

Daniel Ortolani, Martin Rothfelder, and Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded will be running for Westfield Town Council to represent, respectively, the First, Third, and Fourth  Wards.  Their candidacies were announced by Janice Siegel, Chairwoman of the Westfield Democratic Committee.  Their petitions will be filed on Monday, March 30, 2015, to place them on the ballot for the primary on June 2, 2015.

Ms. Siegel said that The Westfield Democratic Committee is excited to endorse these candidates because each exudes enthusiasm for civic life, cares about people and the Town of Westfield, and has excellent professional background to bring to the work of the Town Council.

Dan Ortolani and his wife Reyna Ortolani have lived in Westfield for ten years.  They have two children, Luke, a 6th grader at Roosevelt, Emma, in 4th grade at Franklin.  Dan and Reyna are an interfaith couple with membership in Temple Emanu-El and Holy Trinity Church. 

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Dan is well known in Westfield through his tenure as Pack Leader and Committee Chair for Franklin Elementary School’s Cub Scout Pack 172.  He’s also coached basketball and helped to raise funds for non-profit causes and organizations.  Fund raising efforts have been in support of the Franklin Bash, and the Hedgehog & Feather theater group.  His band, Little Secret, which plays folk/bluegrass music,  will be performing at a benefit sponsored by the Westfield Women’s Club on May 16 at the Crossroads in Garwood.  Proceeds go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness for NJ. 

The First Ward candidate is Senior Vice President of Worldwide Customer Services at Information Builders, a software technology firm.  He’s been in senior positions in Product Innovation and Customer Services since 1987.  His leadership and division have been recognized by a number of industry organizations including the Best in Business Awards (Most Customer Friendly Company in 2014) and American Business Awards (Stevie Awards for Executive of the Year in 2013 and Customer Service Department of the Year in 2013 and 2014). Mr. Ortolani received his B.S. in Business Management from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, and completed the Executive Program at Stanford University. 

Dan Ortolani is eager to bring his community and professional experience to work on behalf of the residents of the First Ward and all of Westfield. 

Marty Rothfelder has lived in Westfield for seventeen years.  He is the father of three children who are products of the Westfield schools (Wilson,  Roosevelt, and Westfield High).  Marissa is a recent graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, MA.  Alex is a Junior at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and Claire is a Freshman at the University of Vermont.  All three played soccer through the Westfield Soccer Association with Marty providing assistance to their coaches.  They also were very involved in activities at the Westfield Y and Marty was there to support them and their friends.

Marty has taken leadership roles at the Unitarian Church in Summit.  He served as President of the Board of Trustees of the church. He also has served on the strategic planning committee, the social action committee, and the ministerial search committee. For fifteen years, he has taught in the religious education program, and acted as an advisor to the Youth Group.  His volunteer efforts include tutoring in Irvington, and work on feeding the hungry in Newark, Irvington, and NYC with Bridges Outreach of Summit, NJ. 

Marty Rothfelder is an attorney whose work deals with public utilities.  He is Associate General Regulatory Counsel for PSE&G.  Earlier in his career he was Managing Partner for the Westfield law firm Rothfelder Stern, and before that he was a partner with the leading New Jersey municipal bond law firm McManimon & Scotland.  There he was lead attorney in developing the telecommunications, energy and public utility practice.  Marty is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and the Washington University School of Law (St. Louis, MO).  He is Past President of the Public Utility Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Marty Rothfelder looks forward to bringing his extensive professional background in public issues to bear on finding ways to improve on an already wonderful Town.  As he campaigns in the Third Ward,  he’ll be particularly interested in learning the concerns of residents. 

Kim Palmeri-Mouded and her husband George Mouded moved to Westfield 1 ½ years ago.  They have twin sons, Matthew and Christopher, age 2 ½, and a 1 year old named Nicholas.  She also has family and friends nearby devoted to helping her run for and become a Westfield Town Council member representing the Fourth Ward.

She has the support of her husband, family, and friends because they know she is a community minded person accustomed to accomplishing much.  Kim, born and raised in Union County,  from a very young age actively participated in various community and church initiatives and programs.  This stood her well when she attended St. John’s University.   She was elected to several executive boards, including Chairperson for the Student Union, and Secretary and then President of Phi Eta Chi Sorority.  Kim was selected to serve as a member of the President’s Society, and was awarded the Outstanding Student Achievement Medal at graduation.  She earned her B. A. in English and M.P.S. in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University. 

Upon graduation, her alma mater hired her to work in its Division of Student Affairs.  She quickly advanced to Associate Dean for Student Life.  In addition to teaching courses and managing a large financial budget, Kim supervised many projects, events, activities, and programs for the Office of Student Life. This work involved managing the student government board and 45 clubs, and their budgets.  She planned and organized out-of-classroom experiences and off-campus community service projects for students, alumni, faculty, and the local community.  In Spring 2012, Kim partnered with the American Cancer Society to bring the first Relay for Life to the Staten Island St. John’s University campus.  The event was a great financial success and was attended by more than 500 students and community members.  

Through the various projects she created and developed, Kim was able to provide valuable services to the public and demonstrate to the students an example of public service and leadership they should emulate. In keeping with her belief in being a servant leader, she volunteered in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and was a Caritas Volunteer in Rome, Italy. 

Now, as a Westfield resident, she wants to follow her own example, to follow her passion to serve and lead her community.  That’s why she’s running for Town Council to represent the Fourth Ward. 

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