Leanna (Dattolo) Mullen grew up in the neighboring town of Mays Landing (Atlantic County, NJ). Upon entering Oakcrest High School in 2003, Leanna met her high school sweetheart who lived in Mullica Township. As she would visit on the weekends, she fell in love with the peacefulness of the Pinelands.
After purchasing their home in 2015 on the border of Elwood and Sweetwater, Mullen became interested in helping her new community. As a school employee in Egg Harbor Township, she values the importance of education and positive activities for our youngest citizens. She has learned the importance of keeping the area quiet and serene for our neighbors, but also understands the potential to revitalize the Mullica stretch of the White Horse Pike. She believes in fair corporate rateables, which will help balance the tax burden from our recent re-evaluations.
Mullen is also interested in exploring services for our seniors, especially our disabled and retired veterans. If elected to the Committee, she hopes the township can take a bigger role in caring for this asset of our population. This may include neighbor day events, day trips throughout the area, and potentially a veteran's housing project. She also believes we can do more to harness our natural energy in wind and solar power, and we should encourage more environmentally sustainable energy sources. Mullen wants to continue the work of Mullica School and offer a community garden where neighbors can use it as a community center.
Leanna is running as a ticket with Joe West. Both seats are three-year terms for Committee. (Barbara Rheault, Democratic Committeewoman and Leanna's running mate in 2017 -has moved on to the Atlantic County Freeholder race).