BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Sally Dunlap Booth and Joan Bannan Harris, Democratic candidates for Bernards Township Committee, are scheduled to hold their campaign kickoff on Saturday, April 22. The free event takes place at 9:30 am at the Allen Street Gazebo, located on the corner of Allen Street and North Finley Avenue in downtown Basking Ridge.

Several Democratic candidates for state and county offices will be there to meet our community as well, and refreshments will be served.

The public is invited to get to know Ms. Booth and Ms. Harris and hear about their vision for the future of the Basking Ridge community. When asked about the launch, Booth said, “I am excited to get started because I am looking forward to listening to you, the residents of our diverse community, to ensure that we govern according to your needs and desires.”

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Dunlap and Booth each have lived in Bernards Township for many years, and both have raised their families here. Ms. Booth currently is a teacher in Somerville and serves on the Board of Trustees for BRICK Academy. She has served on the Bernards Township Board of Education and on the Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse. Additionally, she was the program director for the Somerset Hills League of Women Voters and the legislative affairs representative for the Junior League of Morristown.

Ms. Harris presently serves on the Bernards Township Board of Health and the Municipal Alliance against Substance Abuse, and has been a speaker at numerous community programs on adolescent addiction. She served as an assistant prosecutor for Morris County and practiced law as a civil trial attorney prior to her current job with a professional liability insurer. She also volunteers as a board member for the Ridge Rebound Club and Ridge Lacrosse, Inc.

Asked why she is running, Harris replied, "I am thrilled to be running for Township Committee as it presents an exciting opportunity to bring a new voice to local government. I look forward to serving our community as it faces issues including the quarry redevelopment, infrastructure improvements and unresolved litigation. I'm also passionate about providing and enhancing mental-health education and services to support our children and families."

In a joint statement about the campaign, the candidates said, "We pledge to work--using our extensive professional, personal and volunteer experiences--to advance sound, fiscally responsible policies while at the same time bringing the Bernards Township community together in a way that celebrates both its differences and its common values."

"Booth & Harris: Your choice for a new voice"