“We have the Right Priorities for the Future”


Councilwoman Susan Poage and Bret Sayre today announced their candidacies for Berkeley Heights Council.  Susan Poage has long been an advocate for families and children in town.  As a teacher at Mary Kay McMillan School, she has been awarded both Teacher of the Year and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.  As a Councilwoman, Susan created the Grants Committee, which has successfully secured dollars that have enhanced the liveability of our community and received a Municipal Innovation Award.  As a member of the Planning Board and Master Plan sub-committee she has sought input and direction from residents on how the future of Berkeley Heights will look for the next 10 years and beyond.  Susan and her husband, Russell, have lived in Berkeley Heights for over two decades raising their two children, Alex and Madeline, here in town.

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Poage added, “I believe my work on Council, and for the residents of Berkeley Heights, represents fiscal responsibility, honesty, vision, creativity and transparency. I look forward to continuing to fight for these values.” 


Bret Sayre has dedicated countless hours enriching the lives of children in the Berkeley Heights Community by volunteering in youth sports leagues, including softball, baseball and basketball. Affectionately known as “Coach Bret,” he brings a positive attitude to his players while helping them develop an appreciation for their fellow teammates and the importance of teamwork. As a finance professional at Prudential and a small business owner, Bret has spent the majority of his career working in either accounting or compliance. He brings nearly twenty years of professional experience managing and balancing budgets, making tough decisions as the leader of a company and navigating complex regulatory environments. Bret and his wife, Carolyn, moved to Berkeley Heights nearly a decade ago when their daughter, Aly, was less than two months old. Three years later, they welcomed their son, Josh, into their family and went on to become active members in local organizations.


In announcing his candidacy, Sayre stated, “Our community is strong and we will need energized leaders to help position Berkeley Heights to emerge from current events ready to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. Susan and I are ready for that challenge.  The future of Berkeley Heights is ours to safeguard and together we can move forward in the most successful way by having a town council that represents the diversity and interests of all its residents.”


“I am thrilled to have Bret Sayre as a running mate in this election.  Bret and I share many of the same skill sets, but he brings another level of expertise to the table: a strong financial background.  Together, we have the right priorities for the future of Berkeley Heights,” concluded Councilwoman Poage.