Denise Carra


RARITAN, NJ - She is running for her fifth term on the Raritan Borough Council, and has the distinction of being part of the first father/daughter team to serve on the same council in New Jersey – and Republican incumbent Denise Carra is just proud to live in a small town where she knows so many people by first name.

“I grew up in a family where politics is a household word and was a way of life,” she said. “My parents were both committee people in Raritan since 1960. My father served as a councilman for 16 years, and as mayor in 2005–2006. In 2002, my father was looking for a running mate so I decided to run on the ticket and we won.”

“I lived in Raritan for most of my life,” she added. “My roots are in Raritan and I am a fourth generation Italian American.”

Sign Up for E-News

Carra is a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School West, and completed several business courses at corporate and higher educational institutions. After graduating, she started working at Brothers International, and then at several AT&T locations, primarily in Global Real Estate and Budget Administration for more than 16 years.

As for her family, Carra has been married to her husband, Joe, for 21 years, and has four children, Alicia, a nurse, and 18-year-old triplets Tiffany, Victoria and Nicolas who are enrolled at Rutgers University, Indiana University and Raritan Valley Community College, respectively. Her husband, Carra said, builds homes in the area.

“Needless to say, I am proud of my family’s accomplishments,” she said. 

One of the most important issues facing the town, Carra said, is housing, and she served on the committee that updated the housing ordinance that is currently in place.

“Absentee landlords make it difficult to inspect homes for safety, fire and board of health compliance,” she said. “We have coordinated efforts with all the police departments to notify the housing inspector if a violation is observed.”

Carra said she hopes to reinforce the housing ordinance by bringing together a police department representative, the housing inspector and the property maintenance official regularly to review progress, violations and corrective actions.

“These would allow for improved communication, collaboration and coordination between these departments,” she said. “My goal is to maintain house values and the quality of life for our residents.”

If she is re-elected, Carra said, she has several goals, including maintaining a stable tax rate for all taxpayers.

“This is where my experience and 12 years on the council will serve us well,” she said. “I have been fiscally responsible for managing, planning and analyzing changes in personnel, healthcare costs and other expenses.”

In addition, Carra said, she believes speeding throughout the borough remains an issue. She said the borough recently installed three digital speed alert signs in problem areas to deter and slow down speeds.

“If these prove successful, I would like to add more to other heavy traffic areas,” she said.

As for improvements to the Riverfront, Carra said she has been involved since the inception of the development concept. Eventually, she said, she would like to bring in a mixture of commercial and recreational activities, and they are in talks for a Farmer’s Market on the Riverfront.

“The council has approved a wayfinding plan to provide an attractive and easy-to-navigate pedestrian and bicycle route connecting the Raritan NJ Transit train station, the Somerset Street business district and the Raritan Riverfront,” she said. “The objective is to take full advantage of the train station as a unique and alternative gateway to Raritan’s business and recreational opportunities.”

With regard to taxes, Carra said she wants to maintain a stable rate for taxpayers despite a continuing loss of state aid.

“We must remain fiscally responsible and look for alternative sources of revenue,” she said.

Plus, Carra said, it is important to reinstate the façade review committee and work with store owners to establish a well-maintained commercial presence on Somerset Street, and hopefully attract new businesses and customers.

Through everything she hopes to accomplish, Carra said, she is proud to be a Raritan resident.

“I love living in a small town where I know people by their first names,” she said. “It is a great place to raise a family. No matter where I end up, Raritan will always be home to me.”

This is your home for all things Elections for 2014, including links to important information as the big day approaches.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Tue, May 22

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Les Photos de Bernie at the Wayrick ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Wed, May 23

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Les Photos de Bernie at the Wayrick ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Thu, May 24

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Les Photos de Bernie at the Wayrick ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Vauxhall Man Arrested for DWI, According to Bridgewater Police Report

May 19, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Vauxhall man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after being stopped on Route 22 West May 11, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

James Scott, 37, was charged after being stopped for a motor vehicle violation.

Scott was issued motor vehicle summonses for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to chemical testing of his breath, reckless ...

Jacobus Vanderveer House Designated A Blue Star Museum

May 20, 2018

BEDMINSTER, NJ - Bedminster’s historic Jacbous Vanderveer House & Museum has been designated a Blue Star Museum, one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum is one of 24 Blue Star Museums in New ...

Lord Stirling Theater Company To Perform Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ at Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge June 1-10

May 20, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Lord Stirling Theater Company will perform William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice,” in the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center, in Basking Ridge.

“Othello” will open on June 1, at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances June 2 at 7:30 p.m., June 3 at 2 p.m., June 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

To Borrow or Not to Borrow?

If you are like me, you have debt. Whether it’s your mortgage, student loans, or credit cards – or all of the above – most people carry debt. It helps us pay off important but high cost expenses over time and makes them affordable and it helps us through difficult times when perhaps our cash flow isn’t what we need it to be. However, sometimes it just feels ...

$300 Million Fraud Accusation - NJ Resident, Parmjit "Paul" Parmar, 48, Former CEO of a Healthcare Services Company

May 17, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – The former CEO, CFO and an executive director of a publicly traded health care services company were charged today with allegedly orchestrating a widespread scheme to defraud investors and others out of hundreds of millions of dollars in connection with a merger transaction designed to convert the company into a private entity, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Acting ...