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Manville Borough Council Candidates

Manville Mayor Candidate

Phil Petrone  

is a lifelong resident of Manville, who graduated Sacred Heart School, Manville High School and attended Rutgers University & Rider College.   Phil has dedicated most of his life serving Manville as an employee, volunteer and councilman.  His tireless support for the Manville Seniors, Library and Fire Department is only exceeded by his passion for making Manville the best it can be. 


During his time as an employee of the Borough, Phil held several positions including Certified Director of Public Works (20 Years), Certified Registered Municipal Clerk (17 years), Certified Recycling Coordinator and Clean Communities Coordinator. 


Phil is very active in the community, sitting on several associations including the Manville Firemen’s Exempt Association, Manville Firemen’s Relief Association – Past President 15 Years, Manville Shade Tree Association, Member Somerset County Library Association Manville Branch and as a former member Camplain Volunteer Company #2.


As a two-time Councilman (1990 – 1992, 2017 – 2019), Phil has worked hard to ensure the best interests of Manville were addressed.  Phil has worked to help secure the plan for 23 townhomes on borough owned land in Clairmont and is working on a Green Acres diversion plan to develop additional rateables to the community.  As his term on Council ends December 31, 2019, he is now running for Mayor.  As a former Councilmen and employee of the Borough as its’ Director of Public Works and Registered Municipal Clerk Phil brings a considerable amount of knowledge to move our Community in a positive direction.  He has the willingness to committing himself to the residents of Manville first and will make every effort to provide a solid education for our children.   He is asking for your support to re-elect Ron Skirkanish for council and Roberta Walters for council along with himself for Mayor.


Phil is married to Kathleen H (Cooke) and has two children, a son Jeffery who is a retired sergeant of the Manville Police Department and daughter Denyse.


Ron Skirkanish

has served Manville for over 12 years as both a councilman and community volunteer.  During his 6 years on Borough Council, Ron served 3 years on both Building and Grounds and Progress and Development.  This year, he was appointed Finance Chairman.   As a councilman, Ron has always focused on Manville and putting the needs of his residents first.  His approach to working together with the mayor and other council members has earned him the respect of those he serves with.   


Ron is actively engaged in the community.  He has served 10 years on the Board of Health and has been a member of CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) since 2010.  In addition, Ron has served twice as the chairman of public safety and one year on the Board of Adjustments. 


Ron brings a high level of knowledge and experience to Council and he will continue to work hard to ensure Manville is a community everyone is proud to be a part of.  During his tenure, Ron initiated the Main Street road diet in 2014 as Chair of Public Safety.  He has continued to be engaged in this effort and is working to see it to fruition. To help with stabilizing taxes, Ron spearheaded the plan for 23 townhomes on borough owned land in Clairmont and is working to swap green acres property on South 10th Avenue for future development.  As your councilman, you can be assured that Ron will always support making Manville the best place to live. 


Ron has been a member of Carpenter Union Local 254 for 38 years and is a trustee at VFW Post 2290.  He has been married to Gale Esock for 31 years and they have one son, Ronald Jr. who is a Marine (6 years).


Roberta G Walters

comes from a large family of lifelong Manville Residents.  As the daughter of Robert Walters and Loretta Rogalski, she attended and graduated from both Sacred Heart School (where her mom Loretta was a beloved teacher) and Manville High School.  


Roberta graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Physiology.  In 1993, she married and moved to Chesterfield Virginia where she resided for 19 years.

In 2012, Roberta moved back to Manville.  She currently serves as an elected county committee person, serves as recording secretary for the Manville Democratic Club and sits on the Boards and Commissions committee for the Somerset County Democratic Committee.   A tireless advocate for women, Roberta works to support numerous women’s health and equality issues both locally and statewide.  She is an active member of the Democratic Federation of Women and sits on the Steering Committee for Indivisible Central New Jersey.


Roberta is employed as a Quality Assurance Manager and has been with her current company for 25 years.  During her 25-year tenure, she has held a variety of positions including Project Manager, where she led large scale, multi-million-dollar initiatives generating both revenue and client satisfaction.  Her extensive experience has allowed her to develop the skills and knowledge critical for communicating, managing risk, strategizing and influencing change. All skills that she plans to bring with her to help support Manville and her residents.  


An avid animal lover, Roberta has two rescue dogs and you can often see her and Bella, her certified therapy dog, visiting schools and libraries for read to the dog and other programs. 


After years of volunteering and supporting other candidates and campaigns, Roberta is excited to be running for Borough Council for the town where she grew up and has always called home


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