Sayreville Councilman Drops Re-Election Bid

SAYREVILLE—John S. Wisniewski, chairman of the Sayreville Democratic Organization, confirmed Wednesday that Councilman Stanley Drwal will not seek re-election this fall.

“Councilman Drwal has informed me that he will be spending significant time during this fall seeking treatment for a service-related condition, and as a consequence will be dropping his bid for re-election. It is with profound sadness that I accept his letter,” said Wisniewski.


“Stanley’s commitment to this community is unquestionable. From protecting open spaces, fighting to relieve our congested roadways, to his recent plan to promote safety within our community’s housing complexes; Stanley has made enormous contributions to Sayreville.  The Democratic Party is extremely proud to have had him as our candidate and as a Borough Councilman.  However, Stanley is doing what is important for him and his wife  – he is focusing on his health.”

A 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Drwal retired as a lieutenant colonel after being deployed in various regions throughout the world.  One of his last assignments placed him in the Balkans, where a significant number of veterans have reported similar conditions.

“Stan is a war hero and a dear friend,” said Dennis Grobelny, a former councilman and Drwal’s current runningmate.  “He’s one of the most honorable and hardest working people I’ve had the privilege to work with.”

Drwal was first elected in 2004. He led the fight to preserve over 400 acres of open space, and started the Sayreville Conservation Corps. He is an active member of Sayreville VFW Post 4699, American Legion Post 211, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 67.

“Stan’s honorable service to this country and to our community are indicative of the values that make him such a good Councilman and friend,” said Councilwoman Kathy Makowski, the chairwoman of the Drwal & Grobelny campaign. “Although he’ll be helping out as much as he can, he will certainly be missed as a candidate.”

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