BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There are two candidates running for the upcoming November 6 election for Berkeley Heights Mayor and four candidates for Berkeley Heights Township Council. The Mayoral candidates are incumbent Robert Woodruff (R) and newcomer Angie Devanney (D). The Township Council candidates are incumbents Michael D'Aquila (R) and Michelle Greco (R) and newcomers Alvaro Medeiros (D) and Stephen Yellin (D). 

TAPinto Berkeley Heights has reached out to each of the Republican and Democratic candidates and will run a series for citizens to learn where each of the candidates stand on key issues that impact the township. 

Each week, the candidates will be asked a question leading upto Election Day, Tuesday, November 6 and TAPinto Berkeley Heights will publish one response daily starting Monday, Oct. 1. 

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Get to know the candidates for Berkeley Heights Mayor:

Name: Robert Woodruff

Party Affiliation: Republican

I have had the privilege of representing the citizens of Berkeley Heights for almost ten years. Together we have addressed significant issues that have put our Township on a positive track.  Whether it be compliance with state mandated affordable housing; managing redevelopment; construction of an new Administration/Library/Police facility; partnering with the YMCA  to remain in Berkeley Heights while saving our Community Pool; establishing a capitol plan to maintain our roads, or enhancing Township Pride with the introduction of the Street Fair, Winter Walk, and Restaurant Week, WE are moving forward.

 

Name: Angie Devanney

Party Affiliation: Democratic 

Angie served as Berkeley Heights Township Administrator from 2004-2007 and was named Business Administrator of the Year in 2006 by the Regional Gateway Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, she was awarded the Women of Excellence Award in the area of Environmental Advocacy. Past Mountain Park PTO President, current BH PAL Secretary, and small business owner, Angie is married to George Devanney and has two children: Ryan, a junior at Governor Livingston High School, and Abbey, a 5th grader at Mountain Park Elementary.

 

 

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Get to know the candidates for Berkeley Heights Township Council: 

Name: Stephen Yellin

Party Affiliation: Democratic

Stephen Yellin is a lifelong resident who has worked to give residents a voice in our town’s future. He helped save the Emerson Lane/Free Acres neighborhood from overdevelopment, fought to give our firefighters the tools they need to keep us safe, and pushed for real improvements in communications and transparency at Town Hall. A recycling and environmental sustainability advocate, Stephen is a lifelong resident of Berkeley Heights and a community leader.

 

 

 

Name: Alvaro Medeiros

Party AffiliationDemocratic

Alvaro Medeiros is a successful business leader with a proven record of service. Over a 25-year career at AT&T, he has rose through the ranks to Sales Center Associate VP, where he oversees a sizable budget and has negotiated many large deals. Locally, Alvaro has served as a Committee Member and Troop Activities Coordinator for Boys Scouts of America, Troop 368, and in leadership positions with the GL Marching Band. Alvaro and his wife, Amalia have lived in town for 22 years; their son and daughter both graduated from our public schools.

 

 

Name: Michelle Greco

Party Affiliation: Republican 

My name is Michelle Greco, I am a 15 year resident of Berkeley Heights and I love the wonderful sense of community that makes our town special.  I am a fiscal conservative with a collaborative leadership style. I have a finance control and project management background that I will leverage to ensure that we are moving forward with careful oversight over the important projects that we are undertaking during this time of growth.

 

 

 

Name: Michael D'Aquila

Party Affiliation: Republican

Michael D’Aquila is the current Council Vice President.  Michael has lived in Berkeley Heights since 2005.  As an engineer, Michael has focused on the end goal:  how to bring projects to completion as efficiently as possible, and for the least cost, without skimping on quality.  Michael has done this in his professional life for over 20 years.  Michael cares deeply about our town and its current direction.  Michael is looking to ensure all of the various projects currently in progress are completed as designed and or as documented in the various agreements that the township has with the developers as part of our COAH requirements.