Charlie Kratovil submitted petitions bearing enough signatures from New Brunswick residents to put his name on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot as an independent candidate with the slogan “Clean Up Brunswick.”
Kratovil, who established New Brunswick Today, the city’s bilingual community newspaper, announced his candidacy for Mayor on the steps of City Hall today, declaring that he will make clean streets, clean water, and clean government his top priorities.
Kratovil‘s candidacy marks the first electoral challenge to seven-term incumbent Mayor James Cahill since 2010, and he is the first independent challenger since 2006.
In addition to being mayor, a a post has had since 1991 when he took over as the city’s chief executive from his cousin, John Lynch, Jr., Cahill runs a private law firm.
“New Brunswick is a great city with tremendous potential, but the people here deserve a full-time Mayor who will be 100% focused on cleaning up our streets, our drinking water, and our local government,” said Kratovil.
The campaign will continue to build upon Kratovil‘s years of volunteering, community organizing, and journalism with a grassroots effort to strengthen the movement for change that has been building here.
A resident of the city since 2004, Kratovil graduated from Rutgers University has been giving back to the New Brunswick community for over a decade. He has worked as a community organizer with two respected non-profit organizations, The Citizens Campaign and Food & Water Watch.
Kratovil also taught journalism students at Rutgers, volunteered as a staff member at nine different Model United Nations and Model Congress conferences, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Rutgers Student & Alumni Federal Credit Union.
Since starting the New Brunswick Today newspaper in 2011, Kratovil‘s work has received high honors from multiple organizations, including:
- The NJ Society of Professional Journalists’ Stuart and Beverly Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism (for his coverage of the Cahill administration’s water quality cover-up scandal)
- The NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Awards for Public Service Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Champion for Justice (for his volunteer efforts to serve New Brunswick).
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