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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, Third Ward
Matt Sontz
Party Affiliation: Democrat

Contact Info
Telephone: (732) 619-5775
Website: www.mattsontz.com 
E-mail: mattsontz@yahoo.com
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Candidate Information

Professional Background: Mr. Sontz is an attorney at McCarter & English, LLP in Newark. He practices general business litigation and construction litigation. He was formerly a mechanical engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, located in Philadelphia, Pa.

Education: Mr. Sontz earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (B.S.M.E.) from Rutgers University College of Engineering.

Family Life: Mr. Sontz lives on Vernon Terrace with his wife, Lillian, and their two sons, Tyler, 3, and Dylan, newborn.

Government Experience: This is the candidate's first campaign for public office.

Clubs and Organizations: Mr. Sontz is a member of the Union County Construction Board of Appeals.

Major Campaign Issues: Mr. Sontz seeks to increase communication with his neighbors in Westfield’s third ward by walking through the neighborhoods each and every year of his council term. 

Speeders are a major problem facing the otherwise quiet neighborhoods of the third ward. Mr. Sontz believes the only true means to curb the speeders is to increase police presence in the third ward.

Road paving/construction is a basic service of town government and has been largely overlooked with respect to the small streets in the third ward. Mr. Sontz believes all streets in the third ward are entitled to maintenance and repair. 

Mr. Sontz believes soaring property taxes is a concern to all residents in the third ward. Town government must do more to curb wasteful spending and reign in taxes.

Builders are building homes that do not complement the character of the neighborhoods in the third ward and strain the other residents. Town government has to reign in irresponsible development immediately.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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