BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Township Council candidates Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto met with voters, state and local politicians at Mt. Carmel Hall on Friday evening, Sept. 30.

This was a "Get to Know the Candidates" meet and greet hosted by the Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, Union County Republican Committee Chairman Glenn Mortimer, Berkeley Heights Mayor Robert Woodruff and an array of council members and Republicans Committee membersattended the event, along with residents who wanted to learn more about the candidates.

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“Working closely with state and county officials is an essential component in the successful pursuit of alternative and additional funding for needed items and renovations in Berkeley Heights,” said Bavoso, who shared his ideas on how Berkeley Heights can keep the momentum going forward to shape and reach the potential of the town. 

“It’s people that make the difference,” said Couto, who shared his thoughts on volunteerism in Berkeley Heights. “It's just so impressive and amazing what these people do. Fire Department and Rescue Squad…hours and hours of training, and then being available twenty four hours a day. Volunteers raising money to improve the schools, parks, playing fields, downtown, putting themselves out there to make our lives better. We are truly fortunate to have them. Pete and I are tax payers too, and the efforts of these people and the funds they raise eases our tax paying burden. We need all of our Public/Private Partnerships to continue and expand."