Princeton Mayor Mark Freda Announces 2024 Reelection Bid

PRINCETON, NJ – Princeton Mayor Mark Freda announced Friday he was seeking reelection in 2024.

Freda was first elected to office during the 2020 election.

In a media conference held Friday, Freda outlined the various achievements of his administration over the past three years.

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“The opportunity to be serving as your mayor has been a privilege. The past three years have also brought expanded relationships with Mercer County, with our State Assembly and Senate representatives and with Princeton University. Significant progress has been made for the future of our municipality,” Freda said.

“A renegotiation of our agreement with Princeton University, Experience Princeton, our special improvement district is bringing focus and action to our business community and the local economy. We are investigating ways to improve our public transportation system. And there is an ongoing commitment to affordable housing.”

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Freda began serving as Mayor when the country was under COVID-19 restrictions with small businesses suffering losses and many struggling with housing needs.

He spoke about how Princeton navigated the unprecedented challenges during that time and how the Municipality continues to support those in need.

“We’ve supported and continued to support those in need. We’ve transitioned to remote and now hybrid meetings of the Mayor and Council to keep our operations running. Princeton is a desirable place to live, which puts pressure on housing prices,” he said.

Freda said he would work towards balanced growth and density to maintain the mix of people that makes Princeton attractive. Ensuring safe bike routes in town was also a priority, as were road conditions and community parks.

“My commitment to you is this – I will continue to leverage my over 40 years of experience in civic and public service to address these challenges head-on. We will work together to keep Princeton a vibrant, diverse and forward-thinking community. I welcome the exchange of ideas that the coming campaign will bring and look forward to hearing from the residents of Princeton about their concerns and their ideas in the months leading up to the primary in June. 4.”

This year, Councilwoman Eve Niedergang will not be seeking reelection. Current BOE member Brian McDonald, whose term ends in 2024 is running for the same Council seat.

Freda worked as President of the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad for two years and previously served on the Princeton Boro Council for 13 years. He was also Chair of the Joint Boro—Township Transition Task Force. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of New Jersey.

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