Verona Deputy Mayor Christine McGrath will seek re-election to a second term on the township council in the May non-partisan municipal race, becoming the first candidate to enter the race.
During her first term, McGrath points to increases in public engagement and accountability by creating a new culture of transparency. She pushed for in-person council meetings to be livestreamed even after the pandemic.
“The people of our town deserve to know what issues their elected officials are discussing and have a say in the final decisions,” McGrath said.
McGrath has also advocated long-term planning for the municipality,
“The town’s infrastructure is aging, there are increasing mandates from the state, and our revenue growth has stalled out.,” she said. “We have to take action to protect Verona’s future.”
McGrath is also touting her work to secure federal funding to address Peckman River flooding issues and efforts to secure grants to increase Verona’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“Together we can make Verona an even better place for families to live, work, and grow,” McGrath stated.
As a political newcomer in 2019 – she ran the local chapter of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots gun safety group — McGrath was the top vote-getter for two seats in a five-candidate field. She received 1,336 votes, 493 more than the incumbent who won the second seat, Alex Roman. Roman’s race was closer; he defeated John Quattrocchi by just two votes, 843 to 841. Deputy Mayor Robert Nochimson finished fourth with 826 votes.
Roman has not said if he will seek re-election. The filing deadline is March 6 at 4 PM.