Virginia K. Caputo

About Me: As a second generation resident raising my children in Piscataway, I am deeply rooted in our community. Ten years ago I organized fellow colleagues to form an administrative union for over 2000 employees. Following this, I became a ranking leader for that organization, chaired the inaugural membership committee for the revived Greater NJ Coalition of Labor Union Women and have served in a variety of innovative leadership roles as a staff member at Rutgers University.

What I stand for: I maintain progressive values and hope to see further investment in our neighborhoods. Local businesses and recreation need expansion such as the construction of a dog park or Farmers’ Market. Our roads should be fixed and all streets deserve to be plowed during heavy snow. Overall there is so much more than can be done in our wonderful community and I hope to see to it that important changes are made.

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Why I am running: The role of County Committeewoman plays to my strengths -- organization, education and involvement in the Progressive movement. I am looking forward to serving my neighbors, our community, and our county as we move forward into a rapidly changing future.

 

Rodney Vaz

About Me: I have been a Piscataway homeowner for 25 years. For the last 12 years I have lived here in Ward 3, District 1 with my wife Laura, and we are proud to live in this warm, welcoming, and diverse community. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Economics from St. Aloysius Jesuits College in 1984, and I have had the experiences of being a businessman and employer in both Jersey City and Piscataway. I currently work as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for the Pharmaceutical and Financial Industry.

What I stand for: As a former business owner in Jersey City and Piscataway, I am concerned about the movement of good businesses with high-paying jobs out of our neighborhood, especially when I see them being replaced by low-paying jobs as more and more warehouses move into our town. The current Piscataway administration has made Piscataway into a “trucking parking lot” for new businesses. I hope to stop the construction of trucking depots next to residential neighborhoods.

Why I am running: As Committeeman, I will advocate for improved quality of life for my friends and neighbors in Ward 3 District 1, and throughout Piscataway. Committee members are able to determine who gets the Democratic line on ballots and what positions local Democrats take on issues. Therefore through this position I will make important and necessary changes.

For further information regarding the candidates or the Piscataway Progressive Democrats, please visit http://www.centraljerseyprogressivedemocrats.org.