THE JUNE 2015 BULLS EYE FEATURE: David R. Mayer
Forty-eight year-old David R. Mayer was elected to the $52,000–a-year post of Mayor of Gloucester Township in November of 2009.
Since taking the helm of the 70,000-resident municipality more than five years ago, Mayer has worked “to straighten out the township’s finances, stabilize taxes by introducing five (5) budgets which each held the line on the municipal tax rate and implement many sustainable and green initiatives.”
Mayer led the charge to make Gloucester Township more sustainable by implementing the largest shared services solar project in the State of New Jersey. This six megawatts solar project is a partnership with the Black Horse Pike Regional School District, Gloucester Township Public Schools and Gloucester Township.
“I think Gloucester Township is poised for the greatest economic development we’ve ever seen,” he says. “I’m very excited about what the future holds for our community as we grow our tax ratables,” he adds.
An unabashed home town cheerleader, Mayer says “there is something for everyone in Gloucester Township!”
This Spring we are completing the construction of a new Veterans Memorial located at our Gloucester Township Community Park. This memorial acknowledges the service of all men and women from all branches of service who have served our nation in the military. The memorial will be dedicated in September.
“We are also preparing for our annual Gloucester Township Day on June 6th and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life June 13th – 14th as well as National Night Out on August 4th.
And he also proudly touts the Township’s Summer Concert Series starting June 29th and Movie Nights in the Park starting June 19th.
“Even with all that is happening, we will also open the new Gloucester Premium Outlets in Gloucester Township this August. This 450,000 square foot premium shopping center is poised to be South Jersey’s number one shopping destination, creating 800 new jobs and continuing the economic development resurgence that we are seeing in Gloucester Township,” he adds.
Mayer began his public career in 1989 as an aide for then-Freeholder Director Rob Andrews, continued in Andrews’ successful congressional campaign, and then as director of the Congressman’s district office. From 1995 to 2003, he was chief of staff to County Clerk Jim Beach.
His service as an elected official began in May of 2002 when he was elected to the Gloucester Township Council. Because of what Mayer calls his “strong opposition to dual office holding,” he resigned from the council position when he entered the race for State Assembly in the Fourth District in 2003.
Mayer was elected to the State Assembly both in 2003 and 2005, where he served on the Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee and the Intergovernmental Relations Commission.
During his time in the Assembly, Mayer sponsored many pieces of legislation including the critically-acclaimed New Jersey Stars program, which rewards the state’s top high school students with tuition aid when they attend college.
This scholarship program, which is exclusively for New Jersey residents, actually covers the cost of tuition at New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.
Students who rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class at the end of either junior or senior year may be eligible, and, if certified, they have up to five semesters of eligibility in the STARS program.
Mayer earned each of his own three degrees at Rutgers-Camden—a B.A., a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration, and a Law Degree.
Building on that experience, he has taught courses in political science, public administration and public policy at Camden County College, Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University. Mayer currently also serves as State Director of Legislative Affairs for Comcast.
Mayer, who was born in Philadelphia, and his wife Michelle who is also a Camden County Freeholder have five children.
He was in private practice in 2004 with attorneys Doug Long and Albert Marmero in the Woodbury firm of the firm of Long, Marmero & Mayer LLP.