Meet the Candidates Event 'Together. Forward.' Draws Large Turnout for Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto for Berkeley Heights Town Council

Pictured from l:Candidate Manuel Couto, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Candidate Peter Bavoso at the Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee's Meet the Candidates Social.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A packed house upstairs at Nagoya Restaurant greeted Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto, Republican Candidates for Berkeley Heights Township Council.  The "Meet the Candidates" event hosted by the BH Republican Municipal Committee on May 6 introduced the political newcomers to over 100 residents anxious to hear more about their platform "Together. Forward."  

While both Bavoso and Couto are running for elected office for the first time, neither is a stranger to active involvement in Berkeley Heights. "Peter and Manuel have the passion and commitment we need in local leadership," said Municipal Chairwoman Heidi Cohen, "They have the skills and experience to help our town continue moving forward as a strong and vibrant community."  

Among those attending were Jon Bramnick, Minority Leader, New Jersey State Assembly, Mayor Robert Woodruff, Berkeley Heights Township Council President Jeanne Kingsley and Councilman Mike D'Aquila.

Sign Up for E-News

Woodruff believes that adding Bavoso and Couto to the council will complete the business roles necessary in running a township. "We are adding with Manny, an individual with a Real Estate background. Which, given some of the issues we are facing, is very important. And with Pete, with his business background -- the way the towns will succeed, as we move forward, are to be run like businesses. These two bring that kind of ability. When you offset that with people with financial, legal and engineering backgrounds -- it's a good combination."

Bavoso and Couto expressed they are looking forward to the opportunity to work with Mayor Woodruff and elected officials at the local, county and state levels to ensure that Berkeley Heights stays at the forefront, especially when it comes to obtaining grants and other funding that could benefit the township.  Likewise, they shared their belief that it is important to have a close working relationship with all citizens and with community stakeholders whose efforts or decisions affect residents, services and the town itself.  They are committed to maintaining the small town feel that they know makes Berkeley Heights special; believing that maintaining and sustaining that feeling along with affordability cannot be done by taxpayers alone.  They are determined to continue and expand successful Public/Private partnerships with local businesses and corporations. 

"It is important for the people to know who we are. I have been in the town for 18 years, my kids went through the school system. -- I am here and I am not leaving. I wouldn't be dedicating this much time if I didn't believe in the Township," said Couto.

"It's great having the public out here today and it's great meeting the people. It shows that I'm serious about running. It shows that I believe in the town," said Couto. "Our platform is 'Together and Forward' to do the job to help better the town."

Bavoso was also excited about the turnout. "It starts with the energy and that's when you can start to make things happen," he said. "First thing is getting people together and then move it forward. There are a lot of points of view in town and there are a lot of different types of people in town - the key is to find out what we all have in common -- and that's the town."

"The passion for this town is what brought me here," said Bavoso, who moved to the suburbs from Hoboken. Bavoso is passionate to continue the progression of making this town great. "People need to get invo.lved. We should all be closer to what is going on in town. I hope I can inspire people to get more involved and be closer to what is happening and be in the know." 

Woodruff is excited about the two candidates that see the vision of the town. "While we respect tradition, we need to make changes that make this town affordable and an attractive place for people to move, understanding it is a commuter town," Woodruff said.  "I think Manny and Pete are helping us segue to these changes," he added.  

The enthusiasm from those attending indicated an energetic response to their platform message.  Bavoso and Couto will be participating in the upcoming League of Women Voters Candidates Night on May 16 at the IMC at Governor Livingston High School.  In order to get to know more residents, several coffees and neighborhood visits are also planned. More information will be posted on their Facebook page:  Bavoso & Couto For Berkeley Heights Town Council.  

Voters are reminded that the Republican Primary is on June 7, 2016.  The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and voters go to their regular polling location.  Absentee Ballot/Vote By Mail applications may be obtained from the Union County Clerks office or downloaded at http://ucnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/VBM-English.pdf

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Center for Hope Hospice Starts 2018 with $10,000 Donation from RSI Bank

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – RSI Bank, headquartered in Rahway, has been a long-time supporter of the Center for Hope Hospice, which offers hospice and palliative care in its two residences, in patients’ homes and other healthcare settings.

A generous donation from the bank has helped the Center start the year with $10,000 more in its Charitable Care Program, which enables those ...

Third Annual Rockin' For Autism Music Festival

All-day festival benefiting Autism New Jersey will feature local bands, food trucks, vendors, a merchant raffle, bake sale, obstacle course and lots of family fun! Join us for a day of great music, food, fun -- and help us raise funds and awareness for a great cause.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. April 14, in LaGrande Park. 200 LaGrande Ave., ...

HOLD: Fellowship Helping Hands Receives Home Care Award

Fellowship Helping Hands, the home care agency operated by Fellowship Senior Living in Basking Ridge,  has received the 2018 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse, announced Liz Fandel, vice president of Home Community Based Services at Fellowship Senior Living.

Fellowship Helping Hands is a New Jersey licensed home care service for older and ...

New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces Bring A Buddy Week March 4-8

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ—New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) invites young musicians in grades 3-11 to attend open rehearsals for Bring A Buddy Week, March 4-8 at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Participating students will observe the first half of a rehearsal. Students can visit any ensemble based on their grade and experience level. Students who do not have a friend in an ensemble can still ...

Colleen Mahr Is The Leader Our Party Needs

February 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

My name is Patti Murgo. I am Committeewoman in Linden’s Eighth Ward. I am a life-long  DEMOCRAT, a party activist, and a believer in what being a democrat stands for. Last week, I received a piece of literature from our municipal chairman, Nick Scutari, regarding his “plans” for the County Democratic Party if he is elected county chairman.


No One Is More Qualified and Capable to be Our Next Democratic Committee Chair Than Colleen Mahr

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a pillar of consistency in Union County for the last 20 years, having devoted her life to public service. There is no one more qualified and capable to lead us as our next Union County Democratic Committee Chair.

Colleen has mentored, coached and supported countless candidates running for office in Union County, all across our 21 ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, February 19

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Mon, February 19, 7:00 PM

Villagers Theatre, Somerset

Hairspray Auditions

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, February 20

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Wed, February 21

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Wed, February 21, 2:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

The Underground Railroad Documentary

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, February 22

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Invest Like a Tortoise -- Not Like a Hare

Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” is a perfect metaphor for the way people go about investing their money. As you recall in the fable, the hare brags about his ability to beat the tortoise and is overly confident about winning. In the investment world, the hare is someone who thinks he or she is great at selecting “winners” and avoiding “losers.” The ...