Incumbents Tackacs and Cseremsak secure two seats on Hopewell Township Fire District


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Incumbents Augustine “Gus” Tackacs and Michael F. Cseremsak unofficially won two seats for three-year terms on the Hopewell Township Fire District in the Nov. 5 election.

Facing off against incumbent Timothy Lynch and candidate Cosmo W. Tomaro, Tackacs and Cseremsak won a close race with Tackas securing 1,527 votes and Cseremsak with 1,477. Lynch was not far behind with 1,385 votes, while Tomaro garnered 857.

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Tackacs has lived in Hopewell Township with his wife and two sons for the last 14 years. Tackacs is currently a 23-year professional firefighter in Trenton. He is currently the fire battalion chief assigned to the Third Battalion in command of all administrative and fire/rescue operations. His volunteer fire experience extends to 1989 when he became a junior firefighter at age 16 with the Pennington Road Volunteer Fire Company in Ewing Township. He remained an active member at Pennington Road up until 2005, after becoming a life member.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have been chosen by the board two times over the past three years to fill in for a fire commissioner vacancy,” Tackacs said. “Through this experience, I was given the opportunity and insight on how important it is to have open-minded qualified individuals to serve in these positions. My drive to become involved to public service began at a young age. My drive to public service is to ensure accountability here in Hopewell Township. As a fire commissioner, we should be held accountable to ensure that safety of our community is paramount.”

Cseremsak has served as a Hopewell Township Fire District No. 1 fire commissioner since 2007. Cseremsak has also worked with the Hopewll Township Police Department as a patrol sergeant and traffic sergeant from 1987-2006. He is currently a special law enforcement officer for the Lawrence Township Police Department, while being a public safety officer for the Institute for Advanced Studies.

“I am a Trenton native who began to serve Hopewell Township in 1987 when I began my career with the police department,” Cseremsak said. “Since then I have moved to Hopewell Township and raised my family. Hopewell Township is my home; it is my community.”


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