Harry Fahrer: Denville Council Candidate- Republican


  1. What is your educational and volunteer background?

I went to Morris County Vo-Tech to train as an auto mechanic but ended up starting a telecommunications career at the age of 17 while attending County College of Morris. 

Both of my parents were Scout and sports volunteers in Denville. I guess this was always in the back of my mind as I started to raise my family. 

Coming from a Scouting family, I was naturally drawn to the Boy Scouts. I was a WEBELOS Leader that became the Scoutmaster of Troop 118 in Denville. Working with a great leadership team, we watched the Troop grow from a dozen Scouts to around 50 over a few years. 

As they started to play sports I realized how much I was enjoying volunteer activity. I loved coaching their soccer and baseball teams along with being on the soccer board. 

Both of my children attended St. Mary’s and Morris Catholic in Denville. This caused me to get involved in the church and community as a volunteer. I manage the St. Mary’s Outreach program working with those in need in our community as well as Coastal Habitat in south Jersey and West Virginia. 

Around town I was involved with repairing houses for those impacted by hurricanes,  multiple Boy Scout Eagle projects, river clean-up, POWWW, Joey Bella, Hussa Place Habitat for Humanity, and park renovations.

I earned the Vivere Christus award from Bishop Serratelli along with my wife and family, Denville Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award, Denville Good Scout Award, and most recently the Denville Rotary Outstanding Volunteer Award. 


  1. Why did you choose to run for mayor/council?

I have lived in Denville for over 50 years. After retiring I was elected to be a member of the Denville Board of Adjustment (BOA). I discovered I enjoyed learning more about the town while helping neighbors improve their homes and local businesses enhance their property. There are so many good things happening in Denville that I felt I did not know enough about how it happened. Becoming a council member seemed like the next logical step to keep the good things happening in Denville. 


  1. What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Denville today?

Maintaining and growing on what we already have accomplished while ensuring the safety of our residents. Affordable housing concept is a worthy cause but not to the extent it has morphed into. Government always seems to take good intentions and add way too much government control without thinking of the ramifications associated with their actions. We need to provide housing for those in need but ensure it does not impact the majority of our community financially or our quality of life. We also need to continue working with the police to ensure the safety of our residents. They have done a wonderful job of getting involved with schools and keeping residents informed. 


  1. Why did you decide to run now?

Both of my children have purchased homes in Denville within the last couple of years. When they speak of Denville they become excited and proud. I want to help ensure the efforts of Mayor Tom Andes and his team continue to make them and other residents feel this way. I believe is a perfect time for me to get more involved with the decisions that will benefit both our young and older residents. 


  1. What specific skills will you bring to the table if elected/re-elected?

Working with Outreach Appalachia, Community Outreach, Project Management, and System Development has taught me the only way to improve or deliver on a task is by actively listening. People have a tendency to push their ideas and agendas without gathering all of the facts. I have learned that it is better to be attentive to the input of others and avoid quick impulsive decisions. It is imperative that we not only listen to the opinions of other but be sure we have all of the facts before making a decision that impacts the lives of our citizens.  


  1. What new programs or initiatives would you like to start if elected/re-elected?

Denville has a great sense of volunteerism especially when there is a specific task to accomplish. I would like to work with the local organizations to improve the way we ask and utilize volunteers. I believe we can work together to continue to help with the safety of our residents, assist those in need, and enhance the township. 

Other areas are to continue to focus on improving parking for residents and businesses, work on open space to help reduce traffic and help the environment, and work to keep our finances balanced so that residents of all ages can always afford to live in town.   


  1. What are you passionate about?

I am extremely passionate about my family, faith, and community. Each day I wake up thankful for what I have. I try to look for the positive in all circumstances. If there is little to be positive about, I enjoy diving in to change the situation. I am confident that I will also be passionate about being a Denville Councilman if elected.


  1. What is the best thing about Denville?

There are so many things to choose from it is difficult to narrow it down to one area. I could mention the great geographic location, outstanding police, fire, and municipal workers, beautiful downtown, assortment of stores and eateries, multiple lakes, etc. However, what always stands out above all physical attractions is the feeling of a very close community. The vast majority of our residents and business owners are extremely friendly and courteous.  


  1. What are your hobbies/interests?

My interests are helping those in need and being available for others when they need assistance. I enjoy motorcycling, fishing, cars, trucks, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends. 


  1. What is your professional background?

Although I trained to be an auto mechanic, I started as a telephone operator for New Jersey Bell in 1974 as a telephone operator during the start of AAP/EEO. I became a supervisor then moved into management where I worked with hundreds of operators to improve their work performance. After the divestiture I was promoted into the technical field and moved to the AT&T headquarters in Basking Ridge where I partnered with AT&T labs to launch new services. During that time I was fortunate enough to earn 5 patents with my team. I then had the pleasure to manage all ship telecommunications for Navy and Marines when they were deployed. My final years at AT&T were spent on launching new prepaid mobile services. I retired over 5 years ago after nearly 40 years with AT&T. 

I am now work in Building Management/Maintenance for St. Mary’s in Denville and a Funeral Attendant for Norman Dean Home for Services. I thoroughly enjoy the daily interface I have with parishioners and clients that brings me even closer to our community.    

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