RAHWAY — Rahway Republican City Committee Chairman Patrick Cassio announced the GOP’s city council candidate slate Monday night. “Our 2012 council candidates have innovative ideas, are at the core of a dynamic actions, courageous, and goal oriented political team working to create honest, open, and accountable government within the City of Rahway,” he said. “We held an open and public screening process to attract the best qualified Rahway citizens.”
The First Ward candidate is Larry Bodine. A former elected councilman, one time mayoral candidate, and veteran of the Rahway political scene, “Bo”, as he is known around town, is a schoolteacher, actor, member and officer of numerous city clubs and organizations, and a coach in municipal sports programs.
The Second Ward candidate is Joseph Mikajlo, who was born and raised in Rahway, and graduated from Rahway High School in 1978. After a short time in the medical industry, he joined the Rahway Police Department for a tour of duty lasting 28 years, reaching the rank of Captain of the Detective Bureau.
Contending for the Third Ward is Jeffrey Spatola, who ran for council-at-large candidate and took the Third Ward in the last election. Born and raised in Rahway, Spatola and his wife are expecting their first child in May. He owns a local plumbing business and is currently a Rahway auxiliary police officer. He served honorably in the United States Navy and Navy Reserves. He is a recreational ice hockey player, as well.
The Fourth Ward candidate is Betty Ortiz, who has lived in Rahway for 30 years and is married and has five children. She is the office administrator and website administrator at Century 21 in Clark. Ortiz attended Middlesex College and is fluent in Spanish.
Fighting for the Fifth Ward is candidate Jim Barwick. Barwick, with his wife and five children, is a 12-year resident of Rahway. He appeared on HGTV and has restored his Victorian home with stunning results. He has volunteered at the Rahway Center Partnership and Hot Rods and Harleys.
Sixth Ward candidate is John Koenig. He has lived in Rahway with his wife for seven years. They have one child who is four years old. After Koenig graduated from college, he entered the sales field and is presently an account representative for a medical device manufacturer of equipment used in orthopedic trauma units.
Cassio said, “The Rahway Republican Committee is confident that these six candidates, if elected, will serve the citizens and businesses of our city, and only the interests of the citizens and businesses, with integrity.”
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