Meet Our Candidates

Jean Perrotti

Current Council President

Jean Perrotti

Jean Perrotti serves as President of the Borough Council. She was initially appointed to serve an unexpired term in 2019 and was duly elected to her first term on the Borough Council, being sworn in January of 2020. Jean has been married to her husband, Frank Perrotti, for 35 years and counting. They have lived in our beloved community for over 30 years and have two sons who matriculated through our public schools, both of whom are now married. 

Frank III, a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology, and his wife, Angela, are new parents and welcomed their beautiful grandson Frank IV into the family recently. Anthony, a graduate of Rutgers University, and his wife, Samantha, have also chosen Roseland as their home and will be moving into their new house in May. 

After Jean and Frank married, they wanted a hometown to raise their family that offered  a strong sense of community values, and Roseland was the ideal close-knit borough that they were looking for. They were extremely familiar with all that Roseland had to offer since Frank and his family had been residents beginning in 1977. The Perrottis knew Roseland would have everything they wanted and so much more. 

Another driving force in their decision-making process was the phenomenal school district. Noecker was, and is, one of the best grammar schools in the area. “The jewel in Roseland’s crown,” as it has come to be known, is where they wanted their children educated. 

Jean’s record of volunteerism is extensive as evidenced by her long history of serving as a volunteer in many diverse areas within the borough. She had the pleasure of being elected to serve on the Roseland Board of Education, where she remained for three and a half years—serving as Vice President for nearly half of her tenure. 

Additionally, Jean volunteered and served as a Library Trustee for The Roseland Free Public Library where she was Vice-President for 11 years. She’s also been a member of the Roseland HSA for 12 years, the West Essex PTO for eight years, and served on the Roseland Municipal Youth Guidance Committee for nine years. 

Currently, Jean has been a Leasing Coordinator for the past 16 years at Simon Premium, and her hobbies include spoiling her grandson and cooking for her family and friends. 

Why I am running

“As the sitting Council President, the past two years under the COVID-19 pandemic have been unprecedented. While it has been challenging, I, along with my colleagues on the Council, have worked tirelessly and selflessly to make sure our community stayed informed and safe. We have also worked hard to consider and be mindful of the financial impact of the pandemic and its effects on us all individually and societally. 

We still face challenges in continuing to improve our infrastructure, navigating the challenges of the increasing population, and maintaining our commitment to modernize Roseland’s community parks and playgrounds. Another concern is the safety and welfare or our residents, especially our senior residents. As the liaison to the Borough’s police, fire, and OEM departments, I will continue to work diligently to keep our community safe. I believe I can offer insight and creativity to help manage these issues while ensuring Roselands’ small-town charm remains a value that other communities wish to emulate.”

Robert Nichols

Council Candidate

Robert Nichols

Council candidate Rob Nichols is a West Essex High School graduate, business owner, and volunteer coach. He lives in Roseland with his new fiancé and has planted roots for his growing family to blossom in the borough. Rob currently works as part owner of an industrial supply company after being a part of the industry for over ten years, where he has recently been identified as an emerging leader by the Industrial Supply Association.  

Although Rob had moved out of Roseland for a short period of time, he quickly made his way back to the community he’s proud to call home. You may have seen Rob around town as your child’s head basketball, baseball, or soccer coach, when he isn’t volunteering at recreational events.  

Rob decided to get involved in local government because he has a passion for his community. Through his coaching and volunteer work, he has seen the positive impact that involvement in the community can have. He hopes to bring that passion to the Council and impart impactful change.

Rob’s campaign is focused on the citizens of Roseland. He looks forward to having the opportunity to strengthen the borough’s public safety, as well as increase the reach of the Recreation Department. The borough’s senior citizens are also a primary focus for Rob, and he is extremely eager to grow Roseland into not only the gem of Essex County, but the gem of New Jersey. 

Why I am running

“I’m running for Council because I want to give back to a great community and continue to make Roseland the best place to live, work, and raise a family. For the past six years, I have been a volunteer head coach in Roseland for the Recreation Department despite not having any kids of my own. Being 33, and recently engaged, I’m extremely eager to grow this community into not only the gem of Essex County but the gem of New Jersey. Roseland residents will always come first.”