BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Council will answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

The following answers are from Republican candidate Peter Bavoso.

Why are you running for council?

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A lot is happening in our community right now, and I am excited to put my skills, time and energy into ensuring our town stays vibrant and affordable; a place that supports local businesses and corporate neighbors that keep our small town feel. I also believe that I can bring people together across the board, create the right energy, connections and conversations that will continue to move Berkeley Heights forward. To be honest, there is no better time than right now to be involved with the progression of our town and who we are as a community over the next few years. We are starting to see some tremendous progress on various fronts such as affordable housing and redevelopment in town, and we must continue to keep this positive momentum. This is where we all live. This is our home. Just voting “No” or playing obstructionist politics ultimately helps nothing on the town level. The decisions being made should ultimately reflect ensuring our town is a place that people are truly proud to be part of and that others desire to join. Change is necessary, and thinking that things never should is unrealistic. Managing that change is key. This is accomplished by inviting citizen input and continuing to consult with the right experts who understand our objectives and goals. Maintaining these strong partnerships that help us to succeed with new positive town developments like a modern library/learning center or the commercial/residential central hub for our downtown within the right, established construction guidelines is critical for us moving forward.

What unique skills or knowledge will you bring to the council?

As an executive with a communications agency in NYC for the past 16 years I have gained a lot of experience and built strong, enduring relationships working with extended teams to collaborate and execute solutions in diverse situations. I regularly have to navigate through different organizational levels, cultures and individuals while partnering with different personalities, skill sets and points of view in order to collectively succeed on any given program, project or strategic initiative. Improving upon current communication channels in town, exploring new ways to share information for residents, and ultimately providing an earsopen style and welcoming input from every resident are just a few aspects I’m confident I can add to the council. Regardless of what political party you belong to or whether you have lived here for 40 years…20 years…or 5 years I believe you are part of the collective voice in Berkeley Heights. When we start to hear that collective voice in our town, we start to understand why Berkeley Heights feels special, and how the best new opportunities always grow from past success.

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