I have lived in Piscataway with my wife Kesha Pickett-Johnson and our family for nearly 20 years. I am the proud father of four children, including PHS graduates and two currently enrolled students. I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from West Virginia University, and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Saint Peter’s College. Currently, I am a Lieutenant for the Newark Law Enforcement Department, where I have served honorably for 24 years.
Last year, Piscataway residents re-elected me to a third term on our Board of Education. I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and school community in many ways, including creating a safe and welcoming environment for our students, ensuring transparency and openness in Board actions, smaller class sizes, equity in District hiring practices, innovative academic programs, and responsibility with taxpayer dollars. These are the values and experience I will bring to our Township Council.
I am also an active community volunteer, in multiple roles with school and civic organizations and am the CEO and Founder of the “Take Me Away Foundation,” a children’s charity program. I also serve with the Men and Youth’s Ministry of Zion Hill Baptist Church. A “Dynamic Dads” Parent Group Facilitator, I enjoyed being a mentor to so many young people as a volunteer Piscataway Pop-Warner volunteer Football Coach. As many of you know, I was removed from this position by our municipal officials after I ran for NJ’s General Assembly in 2017, as part of the Central Jersey Progressive Democrats slate of challengers.
This kind of retaliation and retribution should have no place in our politics, especially in our Democratic Party. We should have a diversity of opinions and ideas, and be willing to listen to each other. I appreciate that young people are leading the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for change around the country. We should welcome new ideas and learn from our youth, not turn people away. I am running for Council to make sure all of the voices of our community are heard.
You can always contact to me to share ideas or concerns. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you will vote for me, and my running mates, Bill Irwin for Mayor, along with Laura Leibowitz and Kamuela "Nikki" Tillman. Together, we are the Column A Democrats, and we are on your side.