As mayor, Don Guardian stood up for Atlantic City’s hardworking families. Now running to be your next assemblyman, Don would be honored with your support as he stands strong for Atlantic County once again.
An Eagle Scout with a passion for public service, Don moved to South Jersey after graduating from Upsala College to help run a Boy Scouts camp in the Pinelands. By 1992, Don had rescued the organization’s finances and felt called to use those same skills to better serve the struggling city he now called home.
Over the next two decades, Don ran the Special Improvement District (SID) which oversees the day-to-day upkeep of Atlantic City. At SID, Don 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 people around a shared goal of restoring Atlantic City’s former glory.
The next year, four casinos folded, 10,000 workers were laid off, and the city’s deficit hit $100 million. Monopoly City teetered on bankruptcy and many doubted its survival, but Mayor Guardian believed in Atlantic City, rolled up his sleeves, and got to work.
He cut the budget by $40 million, trimmed bloated government by 400 jobs, and froze any proposed tax increases. When the state took over the city, Mayor Guardian battled Trenton to ensure Atlantic City got its fair share. Meanwhile, he repaved the roads, rebuilt the boardwalk, reduced violent crime by 20%, and brought in major investments to put Atlantic City back on the path to prosperity.
Having earned a reputation as a no-nonsense executive, Don was selected as the business administrator for Toms River in 2017.
A proven leader with a record of success making government work for the taxpayer, Don will be a voice in Trenton for small government, individual liberty, and fiscal sanity. But no matter who you vote for, Don will stand with anyone working to put Atlantic County first.
Don remains actively involved in local organizations that bring our community together, including the Boys & Girls Club, New Jersey Downtown Association, and Rotary. A bicyclist, beachgoer, and bow tie enthusiast, Don lives with his husband, Louis Fatato, in the South Inlet neighborhood of Atlantic City.
Claire Swift is a respected local attorney, mother of three children, and lifelong resident of Atlantic County. A former Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, she now serves as managing partner at her family-owned private practice in Northfield, Swift Law Firm, LLC. Claire primarily practices family law with an extensive network of satisfied clients throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties.
Claire was born the sixth of eight siblings in Margate, New Jersey and graduated from Atlantic City High School with the Class of 1992. She worked her way through the University of Pennsylvania to pay off her student loan debt and commuted to Widener University Law School in Delaware to cut down on costs.
After earning her law degree, Claire clerked in Atlantic City for the Honorable Michael Winkelstein, the Assignment Judge for the Atlantic/Cape vicinage. She was later sworn in as a Deputy Attorney General and assigned to represent the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). Claire worked side-by-side with social workers, volunteer CASA workers, and law enforcement to ensure that abused and neglected children were rescued from dangerous situations and placed in a safe and healthy living environment.
Following her time with DYFS, Claire opened Swift Law Firm, LLC with two of her brothers where she has continued her passion for supporting and defending families during the entire legal process. Claire is heavily engaged in her local community, especially with her children’s activities. She is a member of the Stockton’s Women’s Leadership Council, Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, Katz JCC Early Childhood Committee, Atlantic County Chamber of Commerce, and Atlantic County Board of Realtors.
Claire lives in Margate — on the same street she grew up on — with her husband, John, and three children: Jack (10), Anthony (8) and Claire (8).