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BOROUGH COUNCIL – Full Term – Vote for Two Matawan is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Matawan is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.

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  • Brett Michael Cannon
    (Dem)

  • Anissa Esposito
    (Rep)

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    Brian Livesey
    (Dem)

  • Zoltan Varsanyi
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

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One of the main challenges facing Matawan is maintaining a healthy business community. We need to continue to work closely and assist the businesses that Matawan currently has and attract new businesses into town. We also need to encourage our residents to shop locally in Matawan. I am currently a member of the Matawan Economic Business Council, that Councilwoman Gunn organized. We have engaged our local business community, organized a Make Music Day in downtown Matawan and are currently discussing ways to streamline our business licensing process. We are currently working on events for Matawan’s first small business Saturday and have several future events in mind that will attract people to our town. I have recently introduced an Ordinance waiving construction permit fees for commercial spaces that have been vacant greater than a year in our Main St business district. This will assist small business by saving them start up fees and will help encourage businesses to make Matawan their home.
I am proud to be serving on the Matawan Council since July of this year. My professional experience has afforded me the ability to strategically plan, enforce and interpret laws, and work with multiple people, departments and agencies to get the job done. I have long proud history as a community volunteer, first responder and a safety professional. I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Stockton University in Criminal Justice. While attending Stockton I was fortunate enough to intern at the Atlantic County Prosecutor's office. Upon graduation I was a Class I Police Officer with the Ocean City Police Department. I am currently a Safety Director with a Glass Manufacturer in NJ. I have always believed that volunteering is essential to making the community thrive. I was a Fire Fighter with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, a former Sergeant with Bayshore Search and Rescue, a former member of the Aberdeen Matawan CERT team, and I was a member of the Matawan Planning and Zoning Board. I currently coach two soccer teams with the Aberdeen Matawan Soccer Club, I am the Chairman on the Shade Tree Commission and the Animal Welfare Advisory Commission. My diverse background in volunteerism, as a first responder, and as a safety leader will guide me in my work on the Matawan council.
We need to continue our work of revitalizing our Main Street and the train station area. This is a big opportunity for Matawan in creating a walkable downtown and transit village where our residents will shop and dine. I will also continue to help keep Matawan beautiful and maintain our Tree City USA designation by developing a plan to plant more trees and make trees available to our residents. Our recreation department has done a fabulous job in creating town wide events, we need to continue to develop events to keep the community involved and continue to work to make downtown Matawan into a destination.
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