John Hoover Statement

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience representing the voters of Madison on the Borough Council these past three years. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together to make Madison the best place in the state to live. I see Madison now as a thriving community, yet I believe we have more to do, particularly as we face uncertain times due the COVID-19 health emergency. 

Now, more than ever, we need a steady hand and experience to see us through. I am confident Madison is resilient and we will come out stronger and more connected as a community. And I believe I have the right qualities and experience to help guide the important work of our Borough Council. 

In particular, I would like to highlight the Council’s sound fiscal policies and our efforts to maintain the vitality of Madison’s downtown business district, supporting the small business owners who mean so much to the life of our town, protecting the character of our residential neighborhoods, and ensuring that we have an adequate its stock of affordable housing for all of our residents. As evidenced by my work with the Tri-Town 55+ Coalition and the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, I have, and will continue to, advocate for the needs of our population of older citizens. During this major health emergency it is critical that we reach out to the most vulnerable population: our seniors.

My community-focused work, as a Councilman and through my many volunteer roles, has given me a unique and deep perspective on what our Madison neighbors value and their needs. I intend to continue to make Madison a great place to live for all our residents. 

I am very excited to have Bob Landrigan as my 2020 running mate. Bob was a great Councilman during his two terms on the Council. His has a strong record of accomplishments and certainly, no one can forget all he did to get us back up and running after Superstorm Sandy. Bob’s long tenure as a volunteer and leader of Madison’s Volunteer Ambulance Corps is commendable and demonstrates his dedication to our community. 

Mayor Conley and my colleagues on Council have given Madison eight years of fiscally responsible government, and Bob Landrigan is part of that story. We have invested strategically in our road, sewer and utility infrastructures, tax increases have been minimized, while services have been improved. Last year, Madison topped New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s list of Best Places to Live in New Jersey and we have also been designated as one of the safest towns in the State. Bob and I will do our best to ensure this all continues. 

I believe that my performance on the Council, my years of community service, and my professional training and experience have given me the tools I need to continue as an effective member of the Madison Borough Council. 

I currently serve as the Council liaison to the Downtown Development Commission (DDC), the Board of Education, and to the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee. I am also a member of the PIC, and Arts and Events, and the Marketing and Business Development Committees. 

I serve as Vice President of the Tri-Town 55+ Coalition and am a member of MAASA, the Rotary Club of Madison, and the Madison Chatham Coalition. I serve as the Chair of the Elks Lodge 1465 Drug Awareness Program and volunteer at the Market Street Mission. 

I see myself as a results-oriented, enterprising and accomplished professional. My experience in public and private sector delivery of financial services strategies, operations, and compliance span the globe. I have held the position of Senior Vice President at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and as the Southeast Asia and Greater China Regional Project Manager for the American International Group. I also established Citibank’s ten state West Coast regional sales and service office providing global and domestic custody and master trust services. 

I look forward to using my skills, experience, community spirit and activism to provide a vital link to strengthening our town’s foundations, and you have my commitment to Madison’s citizens to work with them to define common goals. I will also promote transparent communication, raise awareness and education on key issues, as well as provide open and thoughtful discussion of opportunities and concerns that can make Madison and even better place to live.