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The Races:

District 20
State Senate
- Linda Gagliano (R)
- Ray Lesniak (D)
General Assembly
- Neil Cohen (D)
- Joseph Cryan (D)
District 21
State Senate
- Tom Kean Jr. (R)
- Gina Genovese (D)
General Assembly
- Jon Bramnick (R)
- Eric Munoz (R)
- Norman Albert (D)
- Bruce Bergen (D)
- Ryan Reyes (G)
- George DeCarlo (G)
District 22
State Senate
- Rose McConnell (R)
- Nicholas Scutari (D)
General Assembly
- Bryan DesRochers (R)
- Robert Gatto (R)
- Jerry Green (D)
- Linda Stender (D)
County Freeholders
- Patricia Quattrocchi (R)
- John Russitano Jr. (R)
- Robert Reilly (R)
- Daniel Sullivan (D)
- Bette Jane Kowalski (D)
- Rayland Van Blake (D)
- Adrian Mapp
- Becky McHugh
- George O'Grady
County Sheriff
- Peter Lijoii (R)
- Ralph Froehlich (D)
- Charles Mitchell Sr.
Westfield Council
First Ward
- Frank Arena (R)
- Ross Katz (D)
Second Ward
- Jo Ann Neylan (R)
- Bruce Regenstreich (D)
Third Ward
- Mark Ciarrocca (R)
- Matt Sontz (D)
Fourth Ward
- James Foerst (R)
- Lenore Scurry (D)
Fanwood Mayor
- Colleen Mahr (D)
Fanwood Council
- Anthony Parenti (R)
- Joel Stroz (R)
- Katherine Mitchell (D)
- William Populus (D)
Garwood Council
- Anthony Sytko (R)
- Dennis Clark (R)
- Charles Lombardo (D)
- Stephen Napolitano (D)
Mountainside Mayor
- Robert Viglianti (R)
Mountainside Council
- Glenn Mortimer (R)
- Jeffrey Wass (R)
goleader.com Election Coverage 2007 
Westfield Council, Fourth Ward
James Foerst
Party Affiliation: Republican

Contact Info
262 South Scotch Plains Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090
Telephone: (908) 233-3840
Email: jim@jim2007.com
Website: www.jim2007.com
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Candidate Information

Professional Background: Jim is a member of a successful law practice working on a broad spectrum of legal issues including civil and criminal matters. Jim also serves as the Mountainside Public Defender representing financially-challenged defendants.

Education: Jim graduated from Seton Hall University concentrating his studies in government and law. He received his law degree with honors from Seton Hall Law School.

Family Life: Jim is married to Cara H. Foerst, whom he met while attending law school. Cara is also an attorney admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey, and is the Dean of Students at Seton Hall Law. Cara and Jim welcomed their first child, James Michael, Jr., this April.

Government Experience: Jim Foerst was elected as Councilman for the 4th Ward of Westfield in 2003. He was appointed Chairman of the Code Review and Town Property Committee in 2005. In this role, Jim is presently championing Westfield’s “controlled growth policy.” This program is the Town’s effort to limit residential over-development and control the quality of life issues which surround construction. With Jim’s leadership, the Council has strengthened local zoning laws and building codes to better protect our neighborhoods. Jim also serves as a member of the Westfield Planning Board and as a member of Mayor Skibitsky’s Land Use Task Force.

Jim serves as a current member of the Public Safety, Transportation and Parking Committee. The Committee currently is improving the safety of the roads and intersections around our schools, where our children need to be protected during their travels. His work on this committee has yielded traffic and safety improvements around both McKinley and Jefferson Schools. This year, with the assistance of the Citizens Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, Jim will be reviewing and improving the neighborhoods around Memorial Park, as well as the traffic intersection near Houlihan/Sid Fey Fields.

Clubs and Organizations: Jim is a member of the Westfield Jaycees, a group dedicated to community service focusing on Westfield youth. In conjunction with the ARC of New Jersey, Jim also serves on the NJ Camp Jaycee Board of Directors. Camp Jaycee is a summer camp catering to the needs of members of families with disabilities. Jim works with the New Jersey Superior Court to assist indigent and infirm seniors and the disabled in procuring appropriate medical care and financial protection.

Major Campaign Issues: 

Taxes - A commitment and continuing focus on doing more with less to keep our taxes in check.

Overdevelopment - Jim has championed Westfield’s “controlled growth policy” to limit the impact of new construction on our neighborhoods while preserving our citizens’ rights to grow in their present homes.  

Public Safety - Improving traffic and pedestrian safety around or schools and recreation facilities. 

Fields and Parks - Preserving our green spaces and keeping our fields and parks in top shape.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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