CALDWELL, NJ — The Caldwell Democratic County Committee has endorsed Jonathan Lace and Henderson Cole as its candidates in the 2017 Caldwell Borough Council election.

On behalf of the Caldwell Democratic County Committee, chairman Michael Rubin said the two men bring new enthusiasm, seasoned experience and essential abilities in the race to make Caldwell a better borough.

“They understand that our community is facing many emerging challenges that require new leadership for a new direction,” he said. “This will be the first election since 2016 and will be an opportunity for voters to make their voices heard on issues that affect their daily lives in Caldwell as well as to address the local effects of national trends.”

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The Caldwell Democratic County Committee encourages all Caldwell residents to visit the “lacecole4caldwell” campaign Facebook Page and examine their platform in order to make an informed decision in both the June 6 primary and Nov. 7 general election.

About Jonathan Lace:

Jonathan was raised near Memphis, TN, and served in the United States Air Force as a Computer Systems Operator. He later attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and Emory University in Atlanta, where he received degrees in Philosophy (B.A.) and Theological Studies (M.T.S.), respectively.

For the last 10 years, he has taught at Seton Hall Preparatory School and currently instructs in AP computer science, iPhone app development, and theology courses. He is an independent Apple Developer and the creator of the highly-rated “Theologica” iPhone study app.

As a resident of Caldwell since 2011, he is a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church, the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association, and the local ecumenical group, “Dads With A Mission.”

“Like many young families, my wife, Melissa, and I have chosen to raise our two daughters, Aubrey and Josie, in Caldwell because we love this community and want it to flourish,” said Lace.

“As an educator, I have extensive experience in ensuring that objectives are met and in empowering students to ask fact-based questions about any given issue in the larger context of a more just society. As a computer programmer, I know value of critical feedback in decision-making and of attention to detailed project planning.

“I am also experienced in solving system-wide problems such as finding and eliminating performance inefficiencies. I believe these values and skills lend themselves naturally to public service.

“I am running for borough council because Caldwell needs a new direction in many areas. I want to promote a better culture of public safety, work with state and federal officials to actually lower property taxes, develop 21st century economic strategies for downtown businesses, and make local government more accountable.”

About Henderson Cole:

Henderson is a 26-year Caldwell resident and raised his two children in the borough with his wife, Maria. He is a Computer System Manager by trade and was raised in Westchester County, NY, where he attended public schools. He graduated from Binghamton University and the NYU School of Business.

“Caldwell residents deserve to have a town council that truly represents them; their concerns, and their aspirations,” said Cole. “They also deserve to have a choice of representatives at election time.

“I have participated in several Caldwell activities over the years, including the Zoning Board and as the current Treasurer for the borough’s Senior Citizen Committee. Additionally, in my 40 years of work experience, I have had to adapt to a rapidly changing technological and financial environment.

“I have been challenged by difficult problems, and have learned how to listen to all involved parties and to incorporate the best ideas into the design. I believe the borough council should aggressively pursue shared services and establish a multiyear plan to eliminate its employment impact.

“The borough should also issue each homeowner a fire-hydrant health check that includes pressure output and a map. Caldwell has these and many other challenges of its own, and we need to bring together residents and business owners to come up with the best way forward.”