Lola Samuel:

About Me: I am a 9-year resident of Piscataway but a lifelong resident of Middlesex County, having grown up across the river in New Brunswick.  I hold a B.S. in Marketing from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, and have worked at my company for the last 28 years as an operations leader. In town, I’ve worked with our local soccer club as a volunteer assistant coach for my daughter’s recreational soccer team and organizer for my son’s travel team fundraisers.   Outside of Piscataway, I’m on the Board of Directors for the New Brunswick Education Foundation and a member and immediate past President of the Ebony Suburbanites, a grassroots organization that sponsors an annual debutante cotillion for Black youth.

What I stand for: I am willing to fight for progress in our town. New diverse leadership enables more communities in Piscataway to feel represented and valued. As a new leader myself I hope to better represent the interests of my neighborhood and not a party or corporate donor. Piscataway deserves simple investments and modifications such as a dog park or Farmers’ Market that could greatly expand local business and recreation.

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Why I am running: When I moved to Piscataway in 2010, my children & I were immediately embraced by our neighbors.  I was struck by and somewhat in awe of, the friendly and welcoming attitudes of the neighbors. Not only were instant friendships formed, but the diversity indicative of our town is highlighted on my street.  I instantly knew I had made the right choice in moving to this town. As Committeeperson I hope to continue to celebrate the amazing diversity of our community and ensure that each person, no matter their skin color, feels represented.

 

Ahmed Mackey

About Me: I started in Law Enforcement in 1993 as a provisional Sheriff’s Officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. I then graduated from the Somerset County Police Academy in August 1994. In January 2001, I joined the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. After a year, I was selected to be the School Resource Officer. I am certified as a G.R.E.A.T (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Officer and as an instructor for the Phoenix Program (Gang Prevention).

What I stand for: As a member of the law enforcement one of my top priorities is the safety of our neighborhoods. Irresponsible development such as the construction of trucking depots next to residential neighborhoods must be stopped. Our families deserve a greener community. Therefore Piscataway should adopt a Clean Air policy and a bulk purchase plan for renewable energy, which would in turn create local jobs.

Why I am running: I am running primarily to make sure that Piscataway is a safe and fair community for all of our residents. As Committeeperson I can pursue these goals because the Democratic County Committee sets the policy agenda for elections. I want to ensure that each person in Ward 3 District 5 feels valued.

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