Happer, Hayward, and Stelling Announce Their Candidacy for Borough Council

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MOUNTAIN LAKES — Mountain Lakes Councilman Daniel Happer, along with Jane Hayward, and Lucas Stelling proudly announce their candidacy for the 2022 election for Borough Council for Mountain Lakes. The candidates are sending the message to the residents of Mountain Lakes that they will listen to and amplify the voice of all community members. The candidates believe so strongly in committing to the priorities of their fellow lakers that they kicked off their campaign with a survey to receive community feedback on the importance of local issues including safety, the environment, town services, taxes, and the borough hall construction project.

The candidates’ platform is: “Your Voice, Your Priorities.” “Residents in town deserve representatives that will listen first and act second,” said incumbent Councilman and former mayor, Dan Happer on behalf of the campaign. “I am hearing concerns from Mountain Lakes residents about the slow progress of the Borough Hall project, the quality of the lakes and increased theft in town. We want to make sure our administration is responsive to these concerns- being raised directly by the residents. We want to advance the agenda of the residents.”

Happer, Hayward, and Stelling bring unrivaled municipal leadership, business, financial,
legal and community experience.

Daniel Happer is a 24-year resident and 14-year member of Borough Council. He served
as Mayor 2013-2014 and Deputy Mayor 2011-2012. Happer is a current member of the
Environmental, Financial Advisory and Public Safety/Borough Hall Infrastructure Advisory, andSolid Waste committees. He volunteered his time to the community by serving ten years in Borough’s Swimming program, including seven years as president. The town has relied on Happer’s finance and accounting experience and fiscal responsibility as he is a finance executive with more than 40 years of experience. Councilman Dan Happer is the father of three MLHS graduates and is now a proud grandfather who is often seen pushing a stroller down the Boulevard with his wife Cindi.

Lucas Stelling is a 9-year resident of Mountain Lakes. He holds a BS, cum laude in Physics
and Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He also earned a JD in Law from the Catholic University of America. Stelling has 14-years of experience as a civil servant in the federal government as a Patent Examiner at the USPTO. He specialized in environmental remediation, drinking water purification, and sewage processing patent applications. He is currently a patent attorney for an international intellectual property law firm. He is an active member of the Mountain Lakes Shade Tree Commission, a Morris County Master Poll Worker for Denville and Rockaway Borough, and a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, in Ridgewood.

Jane Hayward is a 22-year resident of Mountain Lakes who holds a BS, Business
Administration & Hospitality Management from Montclair State University. She is a career
project manager working in pharmaceutical, healthcare and bio life sciences. Hayward
volunteered her time as the Chair of Mountain Lakes Day Committee for 12 years, a member of the Mountain Lakes Centennial Committee four years, and Volunteer for Mountain Lakes Swimming Association. Hayward is an active member and cantor of St. Catherine of Siena Church. She is the mother of two children and is proud to see her youngest start college this year.

The candidates’ campaign kick-off letter to Mountain Lakes residents included the
following: “Motivated by YOUR priorities, we come together as a team of candidates to bring experience and a new perspective to Borough Council. In the past four years, Borough Council has approved more spending than ever before in the history of Mountain Lakes. It is time to focus on YOUR priorities and work with our residents and committees to maintain our quality of life, on a smart budget.”

The Happer, Hayward and Stelling “Your Voices, Your Priorities” platform is to:
• HEAR resident concerns and priorities
• DELIVER budget conscious solutions
• PROTECT our community
• PRESERVE our parks, lakes, open spaces, and community character

Election day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The Mountain Lakes Borough Council elections will be held concurrently with other local, state, and federal elections.

Learn more about the candidates and their campaign by clicking here.