Hello Summit,

I am Steve Bowman and I am running for Common Council for Ward 2. I love the City of Summit and hope to make it even better. Using my strong business knowledge and global experiences, I believe I am the candidate to represent you and lead the City of Summit towards future growth and am asking for your support and VOTE on November 8, 2016.

I grew up in York, PA where my father served as a school teacher and my mother worked in retail. I graduated with an accounting degree from St Bonaventure University in Olean, NY and later went on to earn my MBA from Rutgers University, Singapore campus!  

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I was taught that strong family values are important to the individual, family and community. I am fortunate to have been married to my wife, Karen, for 24 years and am the proud dad to Breanne, a Franklin Elementary School 5th grader.

I was taught from a young age to work hard and give to community. I currently serve as an Elder at Central Presbyterian Church and teach 4th and 5th grade Sunday school. I serve as Trustee of Operations for Crestview Swim Club, am involved with SJBS coaching softball, and have served as a City of Summit Zoning Board member for the past three years. My wife is also active in the community and together we help support a number of local nonprofits.

Having recently sold my small business brokerage firm, I am ready for my next challenge and I feel a call to civic service. I have a varied business resume over the last 30 years, starting as an accountant; spring boarding my knowledge of finance to lead regional operations for a division of International Paper, a Fortune 100 company; later directing the operations of a national franchise; leading to negotiating contracts with foreign entities during the five years we lived in Singapore and later Hong Kong; to ultimately owning my own business.

My deep community involvement combined with listening to your concerns and desires as I walk our town, have given me a clear understanding of how I can best represent you. As a member of Common Council, I would like to focus on:

  • Economic viability and growth of businesses in town;

  • Positive return of investment on taxes with transparency of government;

  • Working with all Summit entities to continue to improve our safety and education.    

My father, a history teacher, always encouraged me to “Get involved, Stay involved, and Always evolve”. These are strong words that I live by today. I look forward to having discussions with you learning how we can best continue “Building a Better Summit” together.  Please reach out to me at 908-410-7682 or bowmanforcouncil@gmail.com.