Because of my unwavering love for my children, and my deep-rooted interest in our community, I have made the decision to run for the Nutley Board of Education.

My name is Dominick Ritacco, and I am blessed with an amazing wife, Elizabeth, and our three young children, Dominick (age 6), Vincent (age 4) and Ava (age 1). I am a vaccine research and development scientist for Pfizer, and own and operate my own business – Ritacco Pest Management in Nutley. I have also been fortunate enough to coach Little League for Nutley American and proudly serve as a Den Leader for Cub Scouts Pack 142.

Upon marrying my wife, the decision to settle down in Nutley was an easy one – its small-town feel, overwhelming sense of community, and strong family ties afforded us everything we could want in a place to raise a family.

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I greatly look forward to our children’s future and want to help facilitate the change needed to give our children the very best education possible. It is my pleasure and honor to be seeking this position, particularly in a community my family has called home for over sixty years and where my children will grow up. As a devoted parent and active member of this community, I look forward to working with YOU, listening to your ideas and concerns, and helping produce positive change where needed.  

I offer a first-hand perspective on the value of science and mathematics in today’s job market, and our shortcomings in these areas. These areas need to be addressed to better prepare our students for success. We also need to properly serve students who may be more interested in alternative education in technical fields that offer extraordinary job growth and economic opportunity.

However, I believe my biggest asset is my value of respect. From a young age, my parents and grandparents instilled the concept of respect in me – something I believe is the greatest gift they could have passed on. To me, respect is the recognition that every person, even those with whom we may differ greatly, is a worthy member of society. Our differences make us individuals, and the ability to listen to and value these differences help produce the best outcome. That said, at the end of the day, we all have a common interest in the growth and prosperity of our town and, most importantly, the education of our children.