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Raritan Township has the Township form of government which is one of the oldest forms of government in New Jersey. The governing body is a Township Committee of five members who are elected for three-year staggered terms in partisan elections from the Township at large. There is an election of at least one member every year. The mayor is elected by the Township Committee for a one year term. The mayor serves as chair of the Township Committee and has powers vested in the mayor's office by general law. The Township Committee is the backbone of the government. It serves as the legislative body of the municipality and has all the executive responsibilities of the municipality not placed in the mayor's office by general law. The Township Committee, by ordinance, can also delegate executive responsibilities to an Administrator.

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    Kent Davis
    (Dem)

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    John Dawson
    (Dem)

  • Robyn Fatooh
    (Rep)

  • Gary Hazard
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges facing our municipality? How do you intend to address these challenges?

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this office?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and why?

The State’s Attorney General has directed all county and municipal police agencies to identify discriminatory policies and practices and work to eliminate them. What can our municipality do to promote accountability and non-biased policing in law enforcement?

What are your short-term and long-term proposals to address the budgetary and economic impacts of COVID-19 in our municipality?

Campaign Email davisanddawson@gmail.com
Raritan Township needs to plan for the social supports necessary to address the needs of the new residents who will move in over the next 5 years. We will have significantly more older residents due to new 55+ communities, and hundreds of new households for income challenged residents. We need to plan for programs and activities to sustain these communities and ensure that they stay engaged with the Township.
For more than 25 years, I’ve been a community volunteer through several social service agencies. I’ve seen first hand how community involvement shapes individuals’ outcomes, and I am prepared to promote government services and resources to improve the quality of life for all residents.

I have worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, making public health and welfare data more accessible to government decision makers and consumers. As a Health IT professional, success to me, is measured through adoption and customer satisfaction. I will bring this same approach to municipal government by encouraging residents to share their needs and expectations with the Township, provide progress updates on Township projects and initiatives, and invite residents to share their feedback on the Township’s performance.
First, the Township should use climate resilience as a community engagement opportunity, and develop ordinances that increase our clean energy use and reduce our emissions. Raritan Township should be a leader in Hunterdon County in implementing on-site renewable energy sources for public buildings and developing a community energy plan.

Second, I believe creating an ordinance to establish a position for a township social worker would address many residents' needs that are currently being met through police, court or county resources. The township social worker would be part of our community policing operations, and would improve the delivery and outcomes of services such as crisis interventions and referrals.
Increasing the transparency of local policing and sharing policies on the Township webpage should be a manageable first step. The Township should create a dedicated page on its police department website that captures the steps it is taking to address discriminatory practices and publish its Use of Force policy and statistics.
The township needs to consider that an event like COVID-19 could recur, and we should prepare by (1) Prioritizing capital improvement projects - including delaying projects that have not begun (2) Allocating “rainy day funds” from the surplus (3) Developing a contingency staffing plan that may include hiring freezes, and (4) Setting a targeted expense reduction to be achieved by all departments. The Township should continue to be sensitive to its residents’ needs by passing through opportunities without delay, from the State and County, such as the property tax grace period (Executive Order 130).
Campaign Address 20 WILSON WAY, RINGOES, NJ 08551
Campaign Email davisanddawson@gmail.com
Website davisanddawson.com
Facebook Page Davis and Dawson for Raritan Township
Transparency of sustainable growth initiatives that will benefit the township for years to come. This can only be achieved with a strong economic development committee. This committee MUST be a private/government partnership.
As a retired Lieutenant Colonel, and 23 years of military service I know I have the team building and people skills required to build strong alliances. This is critical when needing support from many known and unknown players. My diverse background, education, and affable personality are all traits necessary to maximize the performance of the committee and produce reliable and efficient services for the community.
I propose we look at changing power and cable companies as soon as possible. Power outages have become normalized behavior when it rains and the excuses keep mounting up as why it cant be fixed. We are one of the richest counties within the entire United States yet ,we cant sustain reliable power in adverse weather conditions and this is unacceptable. Power and reliable data structures are needed with people using their computers for work, school, and worship during the era of COVID.
Our township is not very diverse however, the diversity numbers are growing among the minority communities. It is imperative for the local law enforcement to be present and active supporting community events and be seen as a community partner an not only as an enforcer. Zoom videos supporting different ethnic groups events (during COVID era) posted on FB and Township website shows an inclusive welcoming community.

As an African American man I have never had any issues within the township thus far with the police. I would like them to do more to show that Raritan Township is a welcoming community for all its inhabitants. Continued annual professional development and sensitivity training should be informative and not route.
Analyze the need for duplication of resources. For example, with the 'work from home' era officially here do we need Raritan and Flemington Police? Do we need so many police cars constantly sitting in the parking lot not being used?What is the costs to purchase and maintain such a fleet? We can reallocate some of the costs to purchase vehicles to address power lines and an robust data structure.
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