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Denville Township Mayor

The township is governed by a mayor and a seven-member Township Council, all elected to four-year terms of office. One council member is elected from each of four wards. Two years later, the three at-large and the mayoral seats are up for election.

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  • Thomas W. Andes
    (Rep)

  • Ellen M. Sandman
    (I)

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    Andrea Zeydelis
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenge(s) facing your town and how would plan to address it/them?

What in you personal and/or professional experience prepares you for this office?

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Campaign Email denvilleforward@gmail.com
Denville and many municipalities across the United States are facing the same infrastructural challenges. I am running for Mayor because we need to plan for the impact of the future, and solve the central problem which is how to expand our infrastructure to meet pressing needs including but not limited to; updating our utilities, making sure our water is clean and keeping our sewers clear. Flood mitigation and environmental remediation is of utmost importance to the livelihood of our community. Made up of close knit neighborhoods and wonderful lake communities, Denville would do well to prepare and educate the public with regard to our environment and account for the health of our lakes.

As a member of the sandwich generation, taking care of my children and my parents I know the importance of creating a community that addresses the concerns of children and seniors without forgetting about their caregivers. I am running to prepare this town for the younger generation that we will raise here. Safety, walkability and access to programs for all of our residents is part of our platform. This can be accomplished through community involvement and creative thinking. Social recreation, health and wellness programs for children, adults and seniors increases the quality of life and creates opportunities for many of our talented residents, right here in Denville. I believe that Denville residents deserve attentive local government officials who will work with them and fight for them.
I have made it my mission in life to serve the public, decrease inefficiencies and improve accountability and transparency in local government. Too often, individuals become involved in politics to serve their own ego. I have made it a point in my campaign to encourage civic engagement and total community involvement. I am passionate about creating policy that is created by the people and works for the people. I received my Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Performance Measurement from Rutgers University and believe that there is always more to learn. I take every opportunity to educate myself and bring best practices from all over the world to the table. I have worked for multiple government agencies and nonprofits throughout my career, where I have created strategic plans, developed new programs to address the gaps in services in the healthcare and education field and gained insight into business development. As a business analyst with grant writing experience I have drafted numerous requests for proposals, grant applications and budgets and have worked closely with federal, state, county and private institutions. I am personally ready to lead the charge. I have the energy, the passion and the know how to get things done. Denville needs a fresh perspective to create an abundant future that serves all of its residents. As a resident, as a mom I want what is best for our community. I want to move Denville forward.