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By SUZETTE STALKER
Specially Written for The Times

Two Republican and two Democratic candidates will run uncontested in the June 3 primary for two available seats on the Fanwood Borough Council, one of which is currently held by Republican Councilman Dr. Chester R. Lindsey, who opted not to seek reelection this year. The general elections will take place on Tuesday, November 4.

Councilman Lindsey said last week that he decided not to seek a third term in order "to give Fanwood residents the benefit of other Republican opinions and ideas and to broaden representation of areas of Fanwood not currently represented on the council." The councilman, who has lived in Fanwood nearly 40 years, served on the governing body from 1989 to 1992 and was reelected to a second, three-year term in 1994.

The Democrats presently have a 4-3 majority on the governing body, including the Mayor’s position, which the Republicans hope to reverse by acquiring an additional council seat in November. In last year’s general election, Republican Councilman Louis C. Jung and his runningmate, Stuart S. Kline, defeated their Democratic challengers, with Mr. Kline winning the seat held by former Councilman Andrew J. MacDonald, who did not seek reelection.

Councilman Lindsey, who ran unsuccessfully for Mayor in 1995, currently chairs the council’s Education, Health and Welfare Committee and also is a member of the Public Safety and Public Works Committees. He has served three terms as President of the Fanwood Lions Club and has been active in other community organizations as well. He has had an optometry practice since 1958.

The Democratic slate includes Councilman William E. Populus, Jr., who is seeking a second, three-year term on the council, and newcomer Patricia Plante. Mr. Populus was elected to his first full term in 1994 after having been appointed to fill a vacancy in 1993. The married father of three has resided on La Grande Avenue for almost 27 years, and is the founder and President of Populus and Associates, a real estate appraisal firm, which has offices in Westfield.

Councilman Populus is Chairman of the council’s Administration and Finance Committee and is a member of the Public Safety and the Recreation and Community Services Committees. He also serves as Fire Commissioner for Fanwood, and in January of last year he was named as Fanwood’s first representative to the Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage Authority, where he is Chairman of the Engineering Committee.

A resident of Fanwood for nine years, Mrs. Plante lives with her husband and 6-year-old daughter on Oakwood Court. The candidate is a real estate agent with Burgdorff Realtors’ Westfield Office, and is currently a member of the Fanwood Board of Health. She also was a member of the borough’s Centennial Committee, which organized Fanwood’s 100th anniversary celebration in 1995.

Mrs. Plante, who attended Kean College and Union County College, spent 18 years working for the federal Social Security Administration, with her last position having been operations supervisor. She is a member of the National and New Jersey Association of Realtors, the New Jersey Association of Realtors’ Million Dollar Club and the Burgdorff Realtors’ President’s Club.

In addition, she assists the Parent-Teacher Association at Brunner Elementary School and is active with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood YMCA.

On the Republican ticket this year are David Trumpp of Arlene Court and Joel Whitaker of Marian Avenue. A lifelong resident of Fanwood, Mr. Trumpp is the son of Fanwood Republican Municipal Chairman and former Mayor Ted Trumpp, who served three terms between 1972 and 1983. The candidate is a member of the Fanwood Republican Club and the Union County Young Republicans.

Mr. Trumpp graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and Alfred University in Alfred, New York. He currently is employed as a marketing/customer services specialist with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in East Brunswick. He also was involved in various humanitarian projects for eight years as a member of the United Way of Union County, and is a member of the Fanwood Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Whitaker, who has lived in the borough for 18 years, is married and the father of two daughters. The candidate, who lost his bid for council in 1994, served on the Fanwood Planning Board from 1981 to 1985 and was Chairman of the board from 1983 to 1985. He was a member of the Downtown Development Commission from 1984 to 1986.

The candidate holds a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and a Juris Doctorate from the Temple University Law School. He was a Dean’s List graduate of the United States Army Command and the Army Intelligence School, and retired from the United States Army Reserves in 1985. In recent years, Mr. Whitaker has been a member and Chairman of the Union County Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

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