Popular teacher, successful businessman and community volunteer, backed by growing movement to bring positive change and balance to local government

Tapping into a growing movement of grass roots activism, the Berkeley Heights Democratic Party has filed its slate of local candidates led by Susan Poage and Alvaro Medeiros for Township Council. Poage and Medeiros have the Democratic Party’s endorsement for the June 6th Democratic primary along with their team of Democratic Committee members.

On a national level, citizens have a renewed sense of making sure their voice and views are heard and represented at all levels of government.  Berkeley Heights is no different as growing frustrations have re-invigorated the Democratic Party leading to the creation of the Berkeley Heights Democrats Club, open to all local Democrats. 

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Poage and Medeiros: For A Balanced Berkeley Heights

Susan Poage is already well-known to many Berkeley Heights residents as a longtime teacher at Mary Kay McMillan Early Childhood Center, teaching Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Extremely popular with her students as well as their parents, her accomplishments in the classroom led her to receive the coveted Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematical and Science Teaching in 2008, receiving the award from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony.

Berkeley Heights is a great town, and we need to keep it that way,” said Poage.We need to work together to fix our roads and sports fields, expand community services, and ensure all residents are heard and respected. Electing Alvaro and me will bring positive change and checks-and-balances to the Township Council to help our town meet these challenges.” Poage and her husband, Russell have lived in Berkeley Heights for 23 years, and raised 2 daughters who went through our public schools.

Alvaro Medeiros is a successful business leader with a proven record of service to others. Over a 25-year career at AT&T, he rose through the ranks to Sales Center Associate Vice President, managing a budget of over $1.1 billion and successfully negotiating deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Locally, Alvaro has served as a Committee Member and Troop Activities Coordinator for Boys Scouts of America, Troop 368, and in several leadership positions with the Governor Livingston High School Marching Band.

"It is my honor to join Susan in seeking a seat on the Township Council,” said Medeiros. “We will add a fresh perspective to our township government. Berkeley Heights is a wonderful town thanks to the diversity of its people and their commitment to our community, and the Township Council should reflect all these viewpoints. I look forward to bringing greater openness and inclusion to Berkeley Heights government." Medeiros and his wife, Amalia have lived in Berkeley Heights for 22 years. They have 1 son and 1 daughter who have also gone through our public schools.

Susan and Alvaro are an excellent team,” said George Devanney, chairman of the Berkeley Heights Democratic Committee. “As longtime residents with a proven record of serving our community, they will bring tremendous experience to the Council, and get things done for our community that only an open, balanced local government can provide. Voters are more motivated than ever to make change happen, both nationally and locally, and I look forward to seeing Susan and Alvaro bring that change to the Township Council.

Poage and Medeiros look to meeting voters and listening to their concerns in the weeks and months. Their campaign website and Facebook page is coming soon. Stay tuned for announcements on campaign events and their platform as well as information on how to join the Berkeley Heights Democrats Club.


George Devanney – Chairman, Berkeley Heights Democratic Committee