Pablo Orozco


RARITAN, NJ - A Raritan resident for more than 25 years whose family moved to Raritan Avenue in the early 1980s, Pablo Orozco has always wanted to run for local office and is simply hoping to make a difference in his local community.

“I find it important for the survival of our form of government to have new citizens with new ideas to run for office,” he said. “I was drawn to the idea that I can make a difference in my local community.”

Democrat Orozco is vying for one of two three-year seats on the Raritan Borough Council in November’s elections.

Sign Up for E-News

After attending grade school at St. Ann School and graduating from Immaculata High School, Orozco entered the Marine Corps bootcamp in Parris Island, South Carolina. He then continued to the Marine Corps Communications and Electronics School in California.

“After completing Communication School, I was assigned to the Somerville USMC Recruiting Office as a recruiter’s assistant,” he said. “When I was done with my time as a recruiter, I reported to Golf Battery 3rd Battalion 14th Marines West Trenton to finish my time in the USMC Reserves.”

Since his time in the Marines, Orozco worked as a manager in food service for TGI Fridays and Ruby Tuesday, before starting a career in sales, where he managed Internet marketing departments for auto dealerships.

“In 2009, I started my own Internet marketing business, which I sold in 2014 to Redline Automotive Merchandising, where I currently serve as the Northern New Jersey manager, overseeing our servicing of over 90 stores and counting,” he said.

Orozco said he has always had an interest in politics, both national and local. Before this year, he said, he was actually an undeclared voter.

“I believe in voting for the right person for the job, regardless of political party,” he said. “Running for local office is something that I have always wanted to do. Now is the right time for me and my family to finally take the plunge.”

There are several issues Orozco said he believes are paramount in Raritan right now, namely empty store fronts in the downtown area, minimal transparency in local government and a lack of interaction between the municipality and the citizens.

Orozco said he has spoken to residents around the borough, and he believes there are several things that could be done to improve Raritan.

The first, Orozco said, would be to bring back the annual street fair.

“I think this would be great step toward bringing back the sense of community I felt growing up in the 80s,” he said. “This would provide great exposure to our fantastic restaurants and businesses.”

In addition, Orozco said, he would like to see a revitalization of the downtown area and an active Chamber of Commerce.

“This goes hand in hand with bringing back our annual street fair,” he said. “As a former business owner, I know that our local business owners are busy running their businesses. They need to be able to see that the town is working side by side with the Chamber of Commerce for their mutual benefit.”

Orozco said he would like to see the borough encourage resident input for major projects and issues.

“I find that our residents are in the dark about many of the important projects and issues facing our town,” he said. “I want to help create an environment where all our town residents feel free to express their opinions on what’s happening.”

To help with that, Orozco said, he would like to see an expansion of government transparency through the use of social media, which has grown in popularity over the past few years.

“Our borough government does not currently take advantage of the power that social media has to reach people,” he said. “I currently use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote my campaign, and I am willing to adopt any other new technologies that will help reach the residents.”

That use of social media, Orozco said, would also be helpful for those residents who cannot attend council meetings in person, or watch them online.

“Our borough council meetings are currently broadcast on Fios and Cablevision, and I applaud our council for making that happen, but our residents are very busy people and our elected officials need to reach them in a way that is convenient to everyone,” he said. “With social media, we can bring the message to the residents instead of hoping that they tune in every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.”

Finally, Orozco said, he would like to see the borough bring back curbside grass pickup.

“This was an issue that has really struck a cord with a very high percentage of the residents,” he said. “The residents have expressed how difficult it is to bring their grass clippings down to the DPW to dispose of them.”

Orozco said he is proud to have the opportunity to run for local office.

“The fact that I am running for office in the town I grew up in is still surreal to me,” he said, “and I am honored at the chance to run for office.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Mon, April 23

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

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

Arts & Entertainment Green

Mon, April 23, 1:00 PM

Somerville Elks Lodge, Bridgwater

April Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Mon, April 23, 6:00 PM

Old York Cellars, Bridgewater

Wine & Truffle Tasting

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Health & Wellness

New Jersey Association of School Librarians Urges BRRSD to Keep All Librarians

April 18, 2018

To the Editor:

The following letter was sent to the Bridgewater-Raritan school superintendent as well as members of the school board from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL).  

As the statewide organization for school library media specialists, the organization advocates for strong school library programs for all students.  NJASL is disheartened to learn that a ...

Car Fire in Wendy's Parking Lot Deemed Not Suspicious, Bridgewater Police Say

April 20, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police responded to a car fire in the parking lot of Wendy's, on Route 22 East April 9, but the fire was not deemed suspicious, according to a report.

According to the report, an unoccupied 2003 Infinity G35 caught fire. A 2010 Honda CRV, which was parked next to it, was also damaged in the fire.

North Branch and Green Knoll fire both ...

BAM Desserts Visits SCVTHS Culinary Arts Program

April 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Melissa Jenkins, one of the owners of BAM Desserts in Somerset, and Chef Liz Hernandez visited the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) culinary arts classes this week in hopes to recruit students for the growing bakery. 

Jenkins and Hernandez were looking for reliable students who were willing to learn new skills, get workplace ...

Whitehouse Wind Symphony Presents Free Concert in Somerville

April 22, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present a free concert on Sunday, April 29th at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 158 West High St.

The concert will feature a wide range of selections from wind band literature both new and old, such as the overture to “Die Frau ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse


MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Bateman Bill to Require Training, Licensing for Pet Groomers

April 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-16) will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed following the deaths of three dogs in five months at different New Jersey pet salons.

“It is sadly far too common for us to read of dog grooming deaths in the news,” said Bateman.