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Clark Township Mayor
Gary Slodowski

Party Affiliation: Democrat

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Background: 48 years old; born in Jersey City; Lived in Clark for 19 years; Wife Kathy; 2 daughters Monica a senior at ALJ HS, Lauren a Sophomore at Univ. of Rhode Island; first wife passed away in 1999.

BA from Fairleigh Dickinson U in 1982 in Political science and Business Administration. Employed as Executive VP of Bowles Corporate Services in Clifton NJ – there 10 years, manages a 40 million budget and 1,500 personnel in 5 states. Member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Agnes Church, Cancer Care of NJ; Community activist, coached various teams for over 10 years, helped form the Clark Holiday festival.

Platform: Eliminate medical benefits for part time municipal workers such as the mayor and council. Put an end to the “family” style government where one brother is the mayor, another is the Board of Education President and the father is a key member of the municipal government. Establish an ethics position with the municipal government to review all contracts, awards, etc. Opposed to the elimination of the civil service system that the mayor is seeking to end. Look at alternative choices to senior housing locations other than the location selected on Terminal Ave. Jump start the downtown area of Clark to create a better shopping area. Put an end to the cozy relationship between the mayor and his brother (board of education president) keeping the municipal gov and the BOE separate entities. Upgrade township website to include payment options for taxes, sewer fees, etc. More transparency about issues like taxes – which have increased at a higher rate than the mayor claims when new fees like the sewer fee are added in.

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Last Updated: Saturday, September 13, 2008
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