New Providence Democrats are pleased to announce the selection of two candidates who will run in this year’s borough council election. Jamie Baer Peterson and Keith Doll will be running on a joint ticket this November and look forward to sharing their vision for the future for New Providence and its residents.

Jamie, who has lived in New Providence for 20 years,  moved here from Minnesota with her husband. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a Masters of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature. This led to a very successful career as an opera singer and soprano soloist singing with major symphonies and opera companies throughout the United States, France and South Korea.

She has been a voice teacher for the past 15 years serving on the faculty of SUNY-Fredonia, Monmouth University and currently at the Wharton Institute of Performing Arts in Berkeley Heights. Aside from her music career, Jamie has been a parent volunteer at OLP preschool and Allen W. Roberts Elementary School. She also served with the PTA for six years at Salt Brook School as programs coordinator. She has been on the board of the NP Music Boosters for more than 11 years and is the programs chair for the Friends of the NP Memorial Library. Jamie and her husband Mark have been married for 25 years and have three children. What drew Jamie and Mark to New Providence was its strong school system, easy access to NYC and small town charisma.  

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Jamie is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Short Hills where she is the music director and served as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader.

Some of Jamie’s ideas for New Providence include promoting transparency in the borough’s government and improving the way it communicates to residents, supporting a thriving downtown, improving sustainability, beautification of NP parks as well as preserving open spaces, and reducing residential property tax burden.

Keith Doll was born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ and moved to New Providence just a short time ago with his wife. He is a graduate of the College of New Jersey where he earned his degree in history. However, the desire to have a positive impact on people’s lives led him to get his Associates degree in nursing from the College of Morris leading him to his current occupation as a registered nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at their outpatient facility in Middletown, NJ.  

He is also the founder of NJ7Indivisible, a grassroots organization which was born as a result of the 2016 elections in hopes of inspiring fellow constituents. He was driven to action by a firm belief that countless Americans of all races, ethnicities, religions, and beliefs, would suffer undue harm from the new administration, and that their elected representatives would fail to speak on their behalf.

Keith deeply believes in the importance of strong families to build communities. That is why he supports paid family leave, childhood education, and a strong public school system. He also knows how property taxes and the overall cost of living can create crushing burdens on New Jersey residents. That is why Keith will listen to the concerns of his fellow New Providence residents on the issues that impact them the most and work to represent everyone while moving New Providence toward a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

Aside from his full-time nursing career, Keith is an avid runner who proudly finished the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon while training on the streets of New Providence and, just this March, he and his wife welcomed their first child, Jake. “I want to provide a new voice for a better future—not just for my family, but for all residents of New Providence.”

NP Democrats are very excited to have these highly qualified and enthusiastic candidates represent them in this year’s elections. Meet and greets with the two candidates are currently in the works as they look forward to discussing the concerns that New Providence residents have and how they can best be addressed. 

If you have any questions about New Providence Democrats or would like to learn more, please email them at npdemclub@gmail.com. You can also like them on Facebook (NP Democrats) for up-to-date information regarding meetings and events.