SUMMIT, NJ - Mike Wattick, former president of the Summit Taxpayers Association and a current Republican candidate for Summit Common Council in Ward II, has announced that Summit resident Khurram Dara has accepted the position of incoming President of the Summit Taxpayers Association.

The Summit Taxpayers Association describes itself as "a non-partisan, non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to monitor the use of taxes, initiate action to reduce excessive taxation, eliminate wasteful spending, and encourage the wise and common sense use of taxes at all levels of government." Their stated mission is to educate every citizen of Summit on how their collected tax dollars are spent.

"I am very excited Khurram has accepted our offer to serve, it will be exciting to see STA thrive under his leadership," said Wattck. 

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Dara is an attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he is a member of the Energy & Infrastructure group. Prior to joining Orrick, he was a corporate associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP where he focused on capital markets and banking transactions.

He is also an author, having appeared on cable news and talk radio, and has written Op-Ed peices for several publications including The Wall Street Journal,, and Forbes. Dara earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.B.A. from Emory University's Goizueta Business School, where he majored in Finance and Political Science, graduating magna cum laude. While in law school, he served as a student editor for the American Review of International Arbitration and as a law clerk with the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York.  

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