Mike Connelly, Democrat
Council At Large
Mike Connelly is a veteran and serves as the vice commander of the Union County American Legion and Catholic War Veterans. He is an active parishioner at the Church of the Assumption and a volunteer with the Knights of Columbus. As a sitting council member, he has worked to revitalize vacant buildings, expand recreational programs for children and provide better accommodations for seniors. He is seeking to bring back the Neighborhood Watch program, control taxes and attract more businesses and jobs by investing in the downtown.
Joseph Delorio, Republican
Council At Large
Joe DeIorio is the chief financial officer for the Borough of Kenilworth and prior to that was the municipal administrator for the Borough of Manasquan. He also served as mayor of Roselle Park, has a masters of public administration degree from Kean University, a bachelors in public accounting from Pace University and has been an adjunct professor at Kean. He is running on the platform that his experience in municipal administrative and finance will aid the borough in addressing issues concerning its budget, delivery of services, business development and increasing transparency.
Maxine Padulsky, Democrat
Maxine Padulsky is a 45-year resident of Roselle Park, who graduated from Roselle Park High School and earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education. She is a founding member of the Adopt-a-Highway Program and vice chairwoman of the Environmental and Casano Center committees.
She is a library trustee, a Historical Society trustee and a member of the Status of Women Committee. Padulsky is running on a platform of attracting new businesses, keeping property taxes affordable and holding developers accountable to provide more parking.
Jayme Lynn Negron, Republican
Jayme Lynn Negron is a 36-year-old wife and mother. She is vice president of the Sherman School PTA, Union County PTA secretary and a Scout leader. Before volunteering, her work experience centered around banking, bookkeeping and customer service. Negron moved to Roselle Park in 2013 with her husband, Antonio, and their two children. Her platform includes a “fresh perspective” to Roselle Park’s governing body with plans for beautifying Westfield Avenue, establishing more community programs and finding a more effective solution for bulk waste disposal.
Eugene Meola Jr., Independent
Eugene Meola Jr. has worked for more than 25 years at United Parcel Service, where he is an automotive technician and a member of the Teamsters union. He was born and raised in New Jersey and has lived with his wife, Diane, in Roselle Park for 17 years. His son is a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, a graduate of Roselle Park High School and has a daughter. Meola is a member of the local council of the Knights of Columbus and has been active in local politics. He was elected as a 1st Ward councilman in 2014, and is running for re-election on a platform of careful development to bring in more revenue.