In a joint statement, Republicans Ed Trawinski and Mark DiPisa today formally announced their candidacy for Assembly in the battleground 38th legislative district.
“This election is going to be critical for the future of our families,” said Trawinski, the former Bergen County Administrator for Executive Kathe Donovan. “It’s time we have representatives that will fight and deliver for the residents of District 38.”
DiPasa followed up with a stab at incumbent Democratic Assemblymen Tim Eustace and Joe Lagana.
“I look forward to working to bring a new voice to the assembly,” said the attorney. “For far too long the residents of our district have been failed by the policies of the our current legislators.”
PolitickerNJ first reported on Trawinski’s interest in the seat here.
River Edge Councilman Anthony Cappola is a third GOP candidate in LD38. There will be a convention on March 9th to select two of three.
A veteran operative, Trawinski also served the Kean Administration as Assistant State Commerce Commissioner. He currently works with the law firm Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, a regional law firm located in Florham Park. A lifelong resident of Bergen County, Trawinski is the father of three children and grandparent of four grandchildren. He and his wife Diane reside in Fair Lawn.
“The policies of the past have failed the residents of District 38. For too many years it’s the same after the same,” he said. “It’s time we have a new voice in Trenton. I know what needs to be done because I have a proven record of success and will bring that experience to Trenton for our families.”
The managing Partner of DiPisa & Lago, LLC with offices in Hasbrouck Heights and Newark, DiPasa focuses on civil litigation, real estate, and public entity work. He previously served as Borough Attorney, Planning Board Attorney, and General Counsel to various public and private entities, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of Bergen County and is a Trustee for the Housing Development Corporation.
Born and raised in Hasbrouck Heights where his family has lived for over half a century, DiPasa is the son of Justin DiPasa, who owned and operated a local pharmacy in Hasbrouck Heights for sixteen years. Justin DiPasa served on the Hasbrouck Heights borough council for the past twenty years, and was inducted into the 2015 League of Municipalities Elected Official’s Hall of Fame.
The Republican canddiate’s mother, Rosemarie, was an owner of a real estate agency in Lodi. DiPasa currently resides in Lodi with his wife Michelle Lago-DiPisa, a Cuban-American whose family hails from Newark. The couple has a three-year-old daughter and are expecting a baby girl in June.
“I know the struggles that our families and our businesses are going through, because I’m going through them with everyone,” DiPasa said. “I know what needs to change and will fight to make NJ and the 38th district a place we can all afford to stay and thrive in.”