Don will be the only openly LGBTQ member on the NJ Assembly!
— LGBTQ Victory Fund (@VictoryFund) July 13, 2021
Don Guardian possesses a lifetime of experience making local government work for the taxpayer. For two decades, Don ran Atlantic City’s Special Improvement District (SID) before becoming the City’s first GOP mayor in 30 years. For the past three years, he applied his in-depth knowledge of public finance as Toms River’s business administrator. Now, Don is ready to take on Trenton’s fiscal challenges and put Atlantic County back on the path to recovery.
At SID, Don oversaw the daily upkeep of Atlantic City and earned a reputation for consistently delivering high-quality services that enhanced life in an urban environment. But while Don balanced SID’s budget for 20 years, he watched city hall pile up a mountain of debt. Against all odds, Don was elected mayor in 2013 in a city with just 10% Republican registration by uniting voters around a common goal of restoring Atlantic City’s former glory.
To balance the budget, Don cut Atlantic City’s spending by $40 million, trimmed bloated government by 400 jobs, and froze any proposed tax increases. At the same time, he repaved the roads, rebuilt the Boardwalk, and reduced violent crime by 20%. After a successful term as mayor, Don was seen as a hard-nosed but beloved budgetary expert who reignited the city’s turnaround effort. Because of this, he was later selected as Toms River’s business administrator.
A bicyclist, beachgoer, and bow tie enthusiast, Don lives in Atlantic City’s South Inlet neighborhood with his husband, Louis.