I, Carey Cornett, Jr., have decided to run for councilman of the 3rd Ward for the Republican Party. Hawthorne has been my hometown for my entire life. I am 22 years old and currently enrolled at Pace Law School in White Plains. I grew up playing basketball, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse in this community. After graduating from these programs I decided it was time to give back. I coached basketball, baseball, and soccer as well as teaching CCD classes for four years at Saint Anthony School on Diamond Bridge Avenue. I have my roots in this town and it is my home. Growing up in town, and being an active member of the community, provided me with the opportunity to converse with a wide array of residents and listen to their thoughts and feelings on how the town is being run. I decided to run because I care about this town. I want to see this town prosper. I want my campaign to be centered on me being the people's advocate for change. I want feedback from the community. I want Hawthorne residents to be able to use me as an instrument of change. I have always been active in my community and I do not plan on stopping now. Change is inevitable. We can be spectators to our own change or we can be the change.
The position of councilman is not to be taken lightly. I believe I have the skills needed to be an effective member of the council and bring about the right change in the community. I graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey where I was an active member of the Judiciary Board as well as the president and founder of the Ramapo Debate Team. Through these channels, I have gained superb communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team to come to an agreement, and proper handling of administrative tasks.
My current education at Pace Law School adds a dynamic to my resumé that no other council-member had prior to their terms. My day-to-day tasks have my reading many different types of law. For my Constitutional Law class, I interpret legislation on a day-to-day basis. This skill gives me the framework for drafting town legislation and will help me to understand current legislation. In my property class, I synthesize city ordinances along with residential and commercial property disputes. My understanding of property law gives me a foundation for zoning laws and handling issues pertaining to residents' property issues. My Contracts class enables me to have a basic contractual understanding that can be useful for handling administrative affairs.
I know I have the ability to take on this task and I will give this town my heart and soul. I want to be Hawthorne's advocate for change.