Hello! My name is John Dougherty and I am running as a Ward One candidate for Summit Common Council. My wife Patti and I have lived in Summit our entire lives, and have raised our four sons here. We love Summit, and have a vested interest in keeping our city strong.

I am fortunate to have worked in Summit as a police officer for 28 years, retiring as Captain in 2012. I am currently the director of security for Trinitas Regional Medical Center Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, N.J. My public and private work experience will be invaluable on Council.

Having been a public servant most of my adult life, I know the meaning of service before self and cherish the opportunity to “make a difference” in someone’s life.

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These values not only guided me through my 28 year police career, but it also influenced my need to give back to the community as a volunteer.

I have served as a member of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, been a scout leader and coached Summit Junior baseball for 17 years.

Anyone who has been involved in volunteer organizations knows that you evolve in the ways you serve. You need to find ways that challenge you to come up with fresh ideas. As my boys grew older and moved on from scouting and sports I looked to find other ways to stay involved.  I joined the Knights of Columbus, quickly took a leadership role in becoming the Grand Knight for three years. It was a lot of hard work but it “made a difference” in the lives of other people.

During my time as a police officer, I forged many working relationships within the various city departments. Those relationships served me well in my next volunteer job on the planning board, where I served for three years at the request of the Mayor.

Volunteering on the planning board allowed me to apply my traffic investigation skills and safety knowledge in ways I never thought possible after retiring from the Summit Police Department.

When my term on the planning board ended, I knew I wanted to do more. I decided to throw my hat in the ring and run for Common Council. I cannot think of a better way to again serve all the people in Summit as I once did. My education, experience, knowledge and my proven record of volunteerism makes me uniquely qualified for this position.

In my former career as a Summit police officer you entrusted me with the safety and security of your family and property; I am now asking again for that same trust to represent your interests as an elected member of the Summit Common Council.

I look forward to meeting with all of you in the coming weeks as I’m out campaigning.

John Dougherty is the Republican Candidate for Summit Common Council, Ward 1