RARITAN, NJ - With current Mayor Charles McMullin not seeking re-election this year, the Republican party in Raritan has announced its candidates for the open mayoral seat and two open seats on council in the November general elections.

Current Raritan councilman Zachary Bray will be running for mayor alongside councilmen Paul Giraldi and Nicolas Carra, who are both seeking re-election to the council.

Bray won re-election for a second term on council in November 2018, prior to his decision to run for mayor.

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“I think that my three plus years experience on council has provided me with a good insight on what it takes to be an outstanding representative of Raritan,” he said. “I think that my heart will always belong to Raritan, it has been my family’s home for well over 100 years now, and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.”

Bray said he is dedicated to seeing improvements to the main street and downtown areas.

“I won’t allow myself to settle until real change begins to happen,” he said.

Bray said he worked with several dedicated residents this year to restart the Economic Development Committee as part of this initiative.

“When I have an idea, I see it through to the end,” he said. “I believe that the residents deserve a mayor who is fully committed to Raritan, who has always put the people over party or other political games.”

“I am proud to say that in these last three years, I have always acted in what I felt was the best interest of Raritan, no matter how popular or unpopular it may have made me with colleagues,” he added.