CRANFORD, NJ - Ann Dooley and James Kent Lucas have filed petitions to be the Democratic candidates for Cranford Township Committee. Dooley and Lucas look to join Democrats Tom Hannen and Patrick Giblin on the committee.
 
“We can’t wait to get out and speak directly to Cranford residents,” said Dooley. “We want to hear what people have to say about the future of Cranford, and we want to share some of our ideas.”
 
Dooley, a lifelong Cranford resident graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and New York Law School. She has practiced law for over two decades with a focus on public construction contracts, insurance and litigation. Dooley took a brief hiatus from the law to open Southside Roast on Centennial Avenue, and then returned to the insurance industry. She has coached in the Cranford recreation leagues in addition to the high-school level. Dooley has also managed facilities and swim teams at the Cranford public pools and the Cranford Swim Club.She lives with her husband and son on Severin Court.
 
 
James Kent Lucas has been a member of the Cranford First Aid Squad for eight years and is currently captain.  He is a New Jersey Paramedic, EMT and CPR instructor. Kent has a degree in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University, Kent has worked in  Information Technology for three decades. He is currently a UNIX Systems Architect for Bed Bath and Beyond at their Union corporate headquarters and before that worked at Boeing and Sun Microsystems. Kent and his wife Sue (Thome) Lucas, who grew up in Cranford, live on Beech Street.
 
“Ann and Kent bring years of experience professionally and as longtime residents who have been active in the community,” said Commissioner Hannen. “They will be great additions to the Township Committee.” Commissioner Giblin added, “I’m impressed by Ann and Kent’s dedication to making Cranford a better community and I look forward to working with them,”