Mayor Mike Venezia has brought real progress to the Township of Bloomfield by stabilizing property taxes, attracting new developments that are creating jobs and increasing property values, keeping our neighborhoods safe and leading with a new sense of pride, energy and hope for our community’s future. A lifelong resident, Mike and his wife Laura and raising their daughter right here because he knows what a special place Bloomfield is to grow up in.
On November 5, 2013, Michael Venezia was elected the youngest Mayor of Bloomfield, New Jersey. During his time as Mayor, Mike has shown what smart, progressive leadership can accomplish and opened a new chapter for Bloomfield. He was re-elected in 2016.
Under Mayor Venezia’s leadership, Bloomfield became the eighth municipality in the state to ensure paid sick leave and one of the first to offer a $15 an hour living wage to all township employees. Mike has expanded open space in Bloomfield by purchasing 13 acres of land that was originally set for 110 townhomes. He’s undertaken sweeping public safety reform by bringing in an outside Police Director and the Bloomfield Police Department is now seen as a model for diversity and effectiveness around the nation. And he’s led the city to record economic development that’s allowed his team to stabilize property taxes and benefited families of all income levels. In fact, this year’s proposed municipal budget includes the lowest tax increase in Bloomfield in over 16 years!
A third generation Bloomfield resident, Mike’s grandparents came from the City of Newark in the early 1960's. Mike is a product of the Bloomfield School system, being a graduate of Demarest Elementary School, Bloomfield Middle School and Bloomfield High School class of 2000.
Mike graduated from Monmouth University in 2005. After college, he joined the office of Congressman Bill Pascrell, then moved on to the office of Senator Frank Lautenberg and now works for the County of Essex in the County Administrator's office.
A longtime, active member of the Bloomfield community, Jenny Mundell is now taking the next step into public service. She was appointed to a vacancy on the Township Council and is now running for a full term representing the 1st Ward. Jenny is a seasoned fundraiser and development professional with experience in higher education and healthcare. An engaged member of several community and neighborhood organizations, Jenny is passionate about a variety of issues including access to public resources, strategic and thoughtful development of downtown areas, and keeping property taxes stable.
Seeking his fourth term as 2nd Ward Councilman, Nicholas Joanow has been a Bloomfield resident for over 40 years and he is a retired guidance counselor from the East Orange school system. As a council member, Nick has been the driving force behind the ongoing transformation of the Lion Gate property into a major new park and flood mitigation project that will benefit the entire community. Nick not only worked to make the project a reality, he was also part of the team that secured over $5 million in grants for its construction, reducing costs for Bloomfield taxpayers. A constant advocate for the 2nd Ward, Nicholas Joanow is running for re-election to continue serving his constituents selflessly and completely.
Sarah Cruz is running for 3rd Ward Council to represent our community and keep moving Bloomfield forward. Sarah works for the Newark Public Schools overseeing afterschool and summer programs to keep kids active and learning all year round. She’s a longtime public servant who knows what it takes to make a great community even better. A foster parent, volunteer at the YMCA and Ambassador in a national Afterschool Advocacy program, Sarah is passionate about improving youth outreach programs and opportunities for Bloomfield’s children.
Dr. Wartyna “Nina” Davis, an Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science at a New Jersey university, was elected to the Council
in 2013 along with Mayor Venezia. She has committed her professional life to researching, educating and advocating for issues of justice and fairness and that experience has helped her work to make Bloomfield a more progressive and forward-thinking place. Wartnya holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida State University and her work on social justice causes has been recognized with numerous awards and citations.
A resident of Bloomfield for over 18 years, Wartyna is married with two children who attend Demarest Elementary School and she is an active member of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Wartyna Davis is running for re-election on Team Venezia to continue bringing her unique perspective to the council and working to move Bloomfield forward.
Ted Gamble is part of a new generation of young professionals making a home here in Bloomfield. A native of Maplewood, Ted and his wife Jennifer moved to Bloomfield from New York City after the birth of their son because they recognized what a special place it is to raise a family. They were attracted to Bloomfield not only for its convenient location, access to transit and stable property taxes but by its strong neighborhoods and the sense of community and togetherness that exists here. A successful professional designer and editor at a major fashion brand, Ted attended Parson’s School of Design and the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Ted became involved in the community immediately by becoming a co-founder of the Friends of Watsessing Park Conservancy, a group dedicated to the preservation, maintenance and improvement of one of Bloomfield’s most beloved public resources. Now Ted Gamble is running for Council on Team Venezia to bring new ideas and new energy to local government and to keep making it an even better place to live and raise a family.
A college professor and Executive Director of the non-profit Cuban Artists Fund, Carlos Pomares is an experienced and well-respected member of the community with strong expertise in government, history, planning and the arts. Carlos was elected along with Mayor Venezia in 2013, and during his time in office he has worked to make Bloomfield government more efficient and responsive to residents. Carlos’ family came to the United States from Cuba to flee the oppressive Castro regime and they settled in Jersey City where he was born. He went on to attend St. Peter’s Preparatory School and later received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Caldwell College and his Master’s Degree in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University, sparking a lifelong interest in history.
Carlos and his wife Natasha have three children and they live in a historic Victorian home in Bloomfield dating back to 1874, which they are working to restore. Carlos Pomares is running for re-election on Team Venezia because he knows that Bloomfield needs strong, independent leaders to keep delivering for residents.