2/18, 7:13 p.m.: This article has been updated with a quote from Deputy Mayor Leventhal.
2/18, 12:07 p.m. This article has been updated with a quote from Jerry Ryan.
Deputy Mayor Kathleen Leventhal will not seek re-election to the Maplewood Township Committee in November.
Leventhal has served four terms on the Township Committee after first being elected in November 2003. She is known for her work on shared services, health and the environment and spearheaded the creation of the Open Space Trust Fund in 2006.
“After almost 12 years on the Township Committee, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this year,” said Leventhal in an email. “Serving Maplewood is a growing and rewarding experience – one of the best ever for me. I know I’ll miss so many aspects of the work, but I’m also looking forward to time for myself. My bucket list is a long one!”
“It has been a great pleasure to serve with Kathy,” said Township Committeeman Jerry Ryan, who was Leventhal’s running mate in previous elections. “She’s a hardworking and dedicated public servant, and the town has been fortunate to have her. I wish her well.”
The Maplewood Democratic Committee is vetting candidates who seek the committee’s endorsement for the June 2 Democratic primary, said chair Ian Grodman. Send letters of interest and resumes by Feb. 28 to firstname.lastname@example.org.