We are neighbors, parents, volunteers, first responders, seniors, and business owners. Not just red or blue - more than Democrats, Republicans, Independents and unaffiliated voters. Together, we are purple. 

The common thread that binds us together, regardless of background, is that we are all a part of the patchwork and the strength that makes Berkeley Heights a great community. 

My Berkeley Heights story began before I was a resident. As the Union County Open Space Trust Fund Administrator, I worked to acquire what is now known as Snyder Avenue Park, saving it from the development of hundreds of condominiums. I negotiated to ensure the environmental cleanup was paid for by the developer and not on the backs of the taxpayers. 

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Soon after, I became a resident and accepted the position of Township Administrator where I developed several shared cost-saving services with the County in printing and IT.  I conducted a review of the health insurance policy and discovered that switching providers would save the taxpayers significant dollars. We courted the New York Jets to relocate their practice facility to our town, and though not successful, it spurred the development of the Lifetime Fitness, L’Oréal projects and even the spray playground at Snyder Avenue Park. 

After serving as the Township Administrator, I started my own business to be more involved in town volunteer organizations in my children’s school and recreational activities. I volunteered for the PTO as a Class Parent, the Police Athletic League (PAL) as a parade helper and even served as the Cookie Manager for my daughter’s Daisy Scouts troop. Today, I now serve as the Mountain Park PTO President and BHPAL Secretary— not to mention dance/baseball/softball mom to my two children Abbey, 9 and a student at Mountain Park Elementary, and Ryan, 15, a student at Governor Livingston High School.

As I actively assisted other women to pursue elected positions from town committees all the way up through statewide offices over the last several decades, I realized it was time for me to follow my own words with action; it was time to walk the walk. Rutgers Eagleton Center for Women and American Politics research shows that women make government more transparent, inclusive and accessible. There’s never been a better time for our voices to be heard, and for us to use our skills and talents to make a difference on a grand scale.  

With my qualifications and experience, I am eager to take on the challenge of Mayor. Each of my positions from Township Administrator to PTO President and PAL Secretary has afforded me perspective and vision to move Berkeley Heights forward as we face some unique challenges. 

My vision is purple because together putting our community first, we can create a better Berkeley Heights for every resident.

I look forward to talking with you about the issues you care about over the next several months. 

Angie Devanney

Democratic Candidate for Mayor

You can learn more about our ticket at our website, http://www.ChangeWeCanAgreeOn.com, and please feel free to email me at AngieforBHMayor@gmail.com.