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Westfield Council
First Ward
- Frank Arena (R)
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Second Ward
- Jo Ann Neylan (R)
- Bruce Regenstreich (D)
Third Ward
- Mark Ciarrocca (R)
- Matt Sontz (D)
Fourth Ward
- James Foerst (R)
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Fanwood Mayor
- Colleen Mahr (D)
Fanwood Council
- Anthony Parenti (R)
- Joel Stroz (R)
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- 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, Third Ward
Mark Ciarrocca
Party Affiliation: Republican

Contact Info
:
Telephone: (908) 233-1611
E-mail: mark@westfield2007.com
Website: www.mark2007.com
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Candidate Information

Professional Background: Following graduation from law school, Mr. Ciarrocca clerked for Hon. Peter Ciolino, Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County. After a period on active duty in the US Army, Mark served for 8 years in the United States Army Reserves where he served as a Commander of an Infantry Basic Training Company in the 78th Division. Mark began practicing law in Union, New Jersey. He is the principal of the law firm of Ciarrocca & Ciarrocca in Union, NJ.

Education: Mark was raised in Westfield and graduated from Westfield High School. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the Virginia Military Institute in 1982. After his time at VMI, Mr. Ciarrocca attended Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va. where he was awarded his J.D. in 1985.

Family Life: Mark and his wife Janet live on Connecticut Street with their two sons, Robby, who attends Westfield High School and Jack, who attends Jefferson School.

Government Experience: Since being elected to the Westfield Town Council in 2003, Mark Ciarrocca has served as the Acting Mayor and has chaired the Public Safety, Transportation and Parking Committee. To increase the focus on traffic and pedestrian safety, Mark developed the concept of having a Citizensí Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. This group worked to communicate with neighborhood residents and to develop consensus improvements to traffic safety hotspots throughout the Town. You may have also noticed the speed boxes around town. This was another safety concept that Mark introduced to our town. The result has been improved traffic safety and enhanced quality of life. Mark also devised a plan to add 100 surface parking spaces to the downtown business district. Additionally, Mark served on the Finance Committee and was asked by Mayor Skibitsky to lead shared services efforts. 

Clubs and Organizations: Mark has been very active in the community. He served as Vice Chair of the Board of the Westfield Y and President of the Board of CONTACT We Care. He has also served on the Boards of the United Way of Westfield and the Education Fund of Westfield. Mark has coached in Westfield youth baseball, wrestling, lacrosse and football programs. In 2006, Mark was instrumental in forming an In Town PAL football league for 3rd and 4th graders.

Major Campaign Issues:  
a. Improving Traffic and Pedestrian Safety to enhance the quality of life of our residents
b. Finding cost effective, creative ways to improve public service while reducing the size of municipal government
c. Identifying innovative ways to fund municipal services through grants, shared services and sources other than property taxes
d. Listening to and being a tireless advocate for the third ward residents
e. Developing construction laws that balance the rights of resident property owners while preserving the character of our neighborhoods


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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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