Charisse Burdette

About Me: I am originally from New York, but have lived in Piscataway for 6 years. My daughter attends Piscataway High School, and Charisse supports her in a variety of activities. I was a Pop Warner Parents Auxiliary Secretary and my daughter's was one of the first pop Warner squads to go to Disney representing Piscataway.

What I stand for: Investment in our neighborhoods

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  • Fixing our roads and plowing ALL our streets
  • Building an accessible, affordable Community Center for everyone
  • Expand local businesses and recreation, like a Farmers' Market and a dog park

Why I am running: I have been an active member of the Piscataway Progressive Democratic Organization since its inception because I believe that residents of our community deserve to be respected and heard. I want elected officials who are accountable and will listen to their constituents. As a hard-working mom, I know that Piscataway's strength is in our diversity and she looks forward to representing the residents of Ward 3, District 9.

Shawn Butt

About Me: My twin twelve year old boys and I call Piscataway our home. We moved here from Morris County in 2012 and have loved the area and the diversity it presents. My boys have enjoyed the excellent education provided by our community Public Schools and we feel safe and loved in our neighborhoods. I own and have been running a small IT Business in Whippany/Parsippany since 2004 and understand how proper management can help grow an organization and community, even with limited funds.

What I stand for: I believe in tax fairness and affordability

  • Support an NJ Millionaire Tax
  • Stop the constant reevaluation of homeowner property taxes
  • Require public disclosure for proposed development deals and tax incentives

Why I am running: I plan to stay here for many more years, so I hope to work with everyone to further improve the quality of life for the people currently here and welcome new neighbors. I want to bring my experience as a small businesses owner and run as a committeeman for our community of District 9 in Ward 3 so I can represent how our slice of the neighborhood can benefit from and also give back to the larger Piscataway community.

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