Mayor Giacobbe and At-Large City Councilmembers Brooks, Miles and Mojica proudly run together seeking voter support to serve four more years to manage the city’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and bring Rahway into a thriving post-pandemic economic and social environment.
Mayor Giacobbe and Rahway City Council will continue to move Rahway Forward with progress you know, qualified leadership you trust, and good government that serves every resident and business.
A fourth generation Rahway native, Mayor Giacobbe has always called Rahway home. An extended family of his own, Mayor Giacobbe is proud to serve the entire community of Rahway.
Rahway is Mayor Giacobbe’s family history. Mayor Giacobbe’s great grandfather arrived in Rahway in 1928 (the same year the historic Rahway Theatre was built) just months before Mayor Giacobbe’s grandfather Raffio “Ray” Giacobbe was born. The story goes that Mayor Giacobbe’s grandparents met at the Rahway Theatre – his grandfather was an usher when his grandmother went to the movies. The Giacobbe family instilled in Raymond Giacobbe Jr. (our Mayor) the value of commitment, loyalty, respect, and service to the entire Rahway community. For Mayor Giacobbe, serving the City of Rahway is more than a job, it’s a family value.
Giacobbe served as 6th Ward City Council member from 2013 to 2018 - having been elected by the City Council governing body to serve as Council President for two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018. As a testament to his commitment in public service, especially in his hometown of Rahway, in 2018 the City Council unanimously elected Giacobbe to serve as Mayor filling an unexpired term left vacant through resignation. With the unwavering support from the Rahway community, Mayor Giacobbe won election for his first full term in 2018.
Giacobbe’s depth of knowledge regarding the city’s government and strong rapport with community leaders, positions Mayor Giacobbe to continue the work his administration has done to support residents and local businesses over the past four years. “The work and the path forward is not quick and easy,” said Mayor Giacobbe. “But, alongside an active and competent City Council we have the vision, dedication, and qualified leadership to continue our progress forward.”
Under Mayor Giacobbe’s leadership and working alongside City Council, Rahway will pass a 2022 budget with a zero percent municipal tax increase for the second year in a row. Giacobbe’s focus on responsible fiscal planning and management coincides with the Mayor and City Council’s commitment to long-term smart investments in infrastructure, quality of life, and proactive planning for a productive post-pandemic future.
While COVID continues to draw our attention and requires the utmost diligence, Mayor Giacobbe’s administration is prepared to increase community engagement opportunities, direct the implementation of responsive government services, and advance smart infrastructure investments.
Mayor Giacobbe’s realistic approach and commitment to Rahway’s residents and local businesses is the leadership Rahway needs to recover from a global pandemic and reconnect our community city-wide.
A proud Rahway native, Councilman Brooks credits the Rahway community for shaping him into a community oriented and adaptable individual.
A fierce advocate for social and economic justice, having experienced systemic oppression impacting his family, Brooks is passionate about changing laws and policies that are long outdated and disproportionately impact Black and other persons of color. Most recently, Brooks has influenced policy changes in property management as well as initiated expungement clinics that directly impacted the lives of Rahway residents.
Brooks is Crisis Prevention Management certified, currently serves as the Co-Chairperson of the Rahway Social Justice Commission, and previously helped to establish the Rahway Prevention Coalition. Brooks is also a member of the Union County Advisory Board for the Status of Minorities.
Brooks is a graduate of Seton Hall University and served as National Executive Board Vice President of Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity Inc., the nation’s first multicultural founded fraternal organization.
Councilwoman Joanna Miles, currently serving as Rahway City Council President, has established deep roots throughout the entire Rahway community.
Running to serve a third term as at-large city council representative, Councilwomen Miles is one of the most active community leaders in the City of Rahway.
For twenty years, Miles's vision for public service has been deeply rooted in the Rahway community. From serving as President of the ‘Friends of the Rahway Public Library,' to organizing environmental awareness events with local organizations, to leading and participating in social justice efforts, and hosting, promoting and participating in community building events, Miles is more than uniquely qualified to continue her service as councilmember.
Miles' academic credentials, government experience, and her ability to make rational decisions that positively impact the quality of life for all residents prove that she is exceedingly qualified to serve the Rahway community as at-large city councilmember.
Councilman Jeremy Mojica, a proud graduate of Rahway High School, brings strong Hispanic family and community values to his 8 years of service on City Council.
Running for his third term to serve the city, Mojica is the first Rahway Hispanic councilperson to serve the City of Rahway, where Hispanic families are 1/3 of the population.
Mojica’s civic experience is expansive. Councilman Mojica was elected by the council governing body as Council President in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, a leadership role that proved to have significant impact for Rahway residents and businesses. Mojica works for the State of New Jersey and serves on the Rahway Planning Board. Prior to being elected to City Council, Mojica served on the Rahway Board of Education where he worked alongside his colleagues to secure federal and state funding to increase PreK programs for Rahway families.
With an interest in environmental advocacy, Mojica is a liaison to the Mayor and Council for the Rahway Community Garden and Rain Garden, the largest in the State of New Jersey. Currently, Mojica is working to establish a partnership with local and state environmental organizations to connect Rahway homeowners with education and resources to implement these sustainable gardens. Mojica is also working to establish additional community garden spaces throughout the City of Rahway.
Councilman Mojica is also the first recipient of the Union County Hispanic Heritage Celebration award, which was established in 2017 by the Union County Board of County Commissioners; a recognition of Mojica's continued efforts to connect Rahway's Hispanic community of many cultures with government and non-government resources that positively impact their quality of life.