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Hackettstown councilman Jerry DiMaio announces run for Mayor; Kunz, Tynan seek re-election to town council

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – With Mayor Maria DiGiovanni’s decision this week not to seek re- election, Councilman Jerry DiMaio has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination to run for the position that DiGiovanni has held for over 8 years. Councilman Kunz and Councilman Tynan will also seek re-election to the town council.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Mayor DiGiovanni so closely over the past 8 years, DiMaio said. I appreciate her mentorship and will draw upon it often as we move forward in the future. I would like to thank her for her service to the town.”

(Photo: Jerry DiMaio)

Over the past 14 years during the Lavery and DiGiovanni Republican Administrations the Town of Hackettstown has eliminated its debt, created a “pay as you go” capital planning program which focuses all the town’s resources on projects rather than the additional cost of interest. Meanwhile, the Main Street and Commercial sections of the town are more vibrant than ever, and the mayor and council have kept a watchful eye on balancing the needs of the community with our resident’s ability to pay, DiMaio said.

“I have every intention of keeping the town debt free during my tenure as Mayor and will see to it that Hackettstown will remain a safe community by supporting all of our first responders, recreational programs as well as all other essential services of our community. Let’s face it Hackettstown is a great place to live work and play. It is an honor to serve the community where I was lucky enough to be raised,” DiMaio said.

Councilman Len Kunz has served Hackettstown for over 40 years as a police officer, police chief and 9 years as a member of the council.

(Photo: Len Kunz)

“I wish the mayor all the best in her future endeavors, Maria has become a true friend, and her leadership will be missed. I am excited to be part of a new team ready to lead our community into the future. We must preserve our character yet incorporate those necessary changes allowing Hackettstown to maintain its prominence in Northwest New Jersey,” Kunz said.

Councilman Eric Tynan has served Hackettstown for all of his adult life, first as a member of The Hackettstown Fire Department and as a member of the council for 9 years.

(Photo: Eric Tynan)

“I love my hometown and public service is a way of life for the Tynan Family, I have followed the footsteps of my grandfather and my father as a volunteer firefighter and further expanded my service as a member of the council. I am excited to continue my work on the council to keep Hackettstown moving forward. I wish Mayor DiGiovanni the best and congratulate her on her extraordinary record as mayor,” Tynan said.

“I am excited to be part of campaign team. We will run a vigorous, transparent and issue-based campaign. Our campaign will look to build on our successes in Hackettstown and constantly looking to make improvements while ​keeping the taxpayers in mind. I, too, wish Mayor DiGiovanni the best in her next chapter of her life,” campaign chairman Jim Lambo said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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