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Rockaway is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle.

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    Clifford Dawkins
    (Dem)

  • Russell Greuter
    (Rep)

  • Robert Smith
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenge(s) facing your town and how would plan to address it/them?

What in you personal and/or professional experience prepares you for this office?

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What I consider to be the most important issues and my goals for the Council are best described in my campaign slogan and pillars. My campaign slogan is "Honoring tradition, preparing for the future." The idea is we understand the importance of maintaining our community's history/culture, but we also need to make the necessary changes to provide a sound foundation for the next generation of Rockaway Borough residents. We plan to accomplish these goals through our campaign pillars: "Faith, Family, Fundamentals, Forward." "Faith" is about more than religious belief, it is also about believing in one another and the limitless potential for what we can accomplish when we come together. We just put this idea into action with our push for the passage of the Rockaway Borough School District Renovations & Improvements Referendum, which recently passed after several failed attempts. We were happy to play our part in pushing for the passage of the referendum. "Family" is about ensuring we are working on behalf of growing families in town, investing in our education system, creating opportunities for young people to not be priced out of the very communities we grew up in, and maintaining a safe and loving environment for our children and our elders. "Fundamentals" is about making our taxes work for our community. We want to develop our downtown and support mom-and-pop businesses. "Forward" is about creating an environment that encourages open bigheartedness, unity, and spreading love.
Orphaned at a young age, I independently made my way to Cornell University, graduating with distinction with a B.S. in Business Administration; a Concentration in Organizational Management, Communications, and Law; and a Minor in Africana Studies. I next graduated from Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with a Master of Public Policy, and with a focus on Labor, Education, & Social Policy. At the close of grad school, I represented my class as the 2012 convocation speaker on the school's 20th Anniversary Celebration. At graduation, I was honored with the "Outstanding Student Service Award" for my contributions to the campus and affiliated communities. I also received the "United States President's Volunteer Service Award" from President Barack H. Obama for my work with the Urban League of Morris County. In addition, I had the privilege of being named an Eagleton Institute of Politics Harold and Reba Martin Fellow. I next graduated from Rutgers School of Law where I was elected the first, first-year student of color to be President of the Student Bar Association. I served as an Education Pioneers Fellow, working to better our nation's education system as a consultant to The College Board. I have interned in both houses of United States Congress, serving both NJ's Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) and Senator Robert Menendez (D). I also serve on various boards, such as ULMC, GSBA, ABA, NBA, FINRA, RUBLAN, Alpha Phi Alpha, and more.
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