WOODBRIDGE – Long-time Democratic Mayor John E. McCormac will face Republican challenger Susan J. Boros during the mayoral race in Woodbridge on Nov. 5.
McCormac, who served as state treasurer of New Jersey for four years in the cabinets of former Gov. James McGreevey and former Gov. Richard Codey, is seeking his fifth term, while Boros is seeking her first term.
John E. McCormac, 61, has lived in the township since he was two years old when his parents moved to the township in 1960. He is married with a 29-year-old daughter.
McCormac earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from St. John’s University.
He is a former certified public accountant and has been serving as mayor of Woodbridge Township for 13 years.
In the community, McCormac has been involved with St. Cecelia’s Church, the Iselin Knights of Columbus, St. John Vianney Church, the Woodbridge Elks, the Menlo Park Terrace Youth Association, the Woodbridge Recreation Council and numerous other community organizations throughout town.
“Our team is running for re-election to continue the progress we have made over the last dozen years to improve the quality of life in Woodbridge Township by continuing to improve our schools, especially with security improvements, by continuing to provide the best Public Works services around and by supporting our nationally accredited police department,” he said. “We want to continue to bring economic development to Woodbridge to create jobs for our residents and we want to keep providing the best services for our seniors with new housing opportunities and expanded senior centers.”
McCormac said with his team, they will continue to improve property values with the crackdown on illegal housing and improper property maintenance, both of which bring down property values.
“People generally maintain their homes and they expect the same from their neighbors,” he said. “It is our job is to enforce the rules and regulations that serve to maintain our excellent quality of life. We have shown success in this area by also cleaning up abandoned houses and commercial properties and turning them back into tax ratables to help keep property taxes stable.”
Susan J. Boros, 55, has lived in the township for 25 years. She is married with two adult children.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Rochville University and is employed as a managing assistant director of tele-communications for Kean University.
In the community, Boros published a children’s book, she actively participated in fundraisers for ovarian cancer awareness and Camp Sunshine, she serves as a county committee woman, she initiated a high school senior scholarship contest with the Woodbridge Township Republican Organization, she participated in Colonia cleanup, and mentors students in technology at the Newark Public Schools and Kean University.
Boros said Woodbridge has incredible potential, which she believes the “current administration has failed in their own attempt to properly tap into” and is lacking an alternative option.
“Elected officials cannot become complacent in their duties and not be challenged in an election,” she said. “Reliance on PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) developments is leaving the taxpayers with additional, unnecessary burdens for the foreseeable future because of the short-sighted decision making of our current, one-party administration. Quality of life in Woodbridge is going down while our taxes are going up. We cannot afford another four years of the same misguided leadership. It is time for a change.”
Boros said it is time for fiscal responsibility for Woodbridge is a township, not a city.
“While I fully support economic development, we need to slow down the build,” she said. “Woodbridge’s reliance on PILOT program funding will hamstring us for the future. Payments from these developments have already been spent and provide no prospect of additional revenues. Instead, demand for public services continues to increase while our schools and fire departments become increasingly underfunded. We must consider tomorrow. Current spending seeks to turn Woodbridge into the ‘best train town’ yet most recent census found that 80% of working residents take a car to work.”
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.