Q & A with the New League President Mayor Colleen Mahr of Fanwood discusses her presidential plans at the League
Q: What led you to get involved in local government in Fanwood?
A: I come from a family with a meaningful history of public service. My mother, Nancy, was a special assistant to two Governors, Gov. Brendan Bryne and Gov. James Florio. My father, Joseph, was president of First Savings Bank, based in Middlesex County. I grew up at the kitchen table hearing about both politics and community service, so I was bitten by the public service bug early on. I worked for Mayor Jerry McCann at the City of City Jersey, and that’s where my love of public service was born. I stayed on through the term of Mayor Brett Schundler, and it was during my time in Jersey City that I understood that there’s a place for government in our lives, and if harnessed correctly, it can be transformative and do great things. After I worked for Jersey City, I really understood the power local municipalities have–their ability to really help their residents. When I moved to Fanwood, I was approached to be involved with the local Democratic organization, which led me to run for mayor.
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