Charlie Kratovil has been informed by Democrat Lisa McCormick that his candidacy for Mayor of New Brunswick was endorsed by Democrats for Change, a progressive organization that says city voters deserve new leadership on the November 6, 2018.
“For a long time, Charlie Kratovil led New Brunswick residents from the neighborhoods that make up this find city, and that is reflected in the zaelous people who support his candidacy,” said James Devine, a top Nee Jersey strategist. “The opportunity to challenge the corrupt and stale leadership has passed too often without any serious issues being discuss. In my book, Charlie Kratovil is a hearo.”.
“It’s always a victory when voters have a choice, and the choice couldn’t be more clear this November: voters can have four more years of the same out-of-touch political machine, or they can trust Charlie Kratovil to install a new administration that will finally put the people of New Brunswick first,” said Devine, who previously led campaigns for Carteret Mayor Den Reiman, Linden Mayor Derek Armstead, Rahway Mayor Jim Kennedy, Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz. South Amboy Mayor Fred Henry and many more.
Devine has also been chief strategist for
Kratovil’s candidacy marks the first electoral challenge to the seven-term incumbent Mayor since 2010, and Kratovil is also the first independent candidate to challenge him since 2006. The current Mayor has been in office since 1991 and splits his time between running the city government and a private law firm, in addition to representing a government agency in another town.
In contrast to the Mayor, Kratovil has promised the residents of New Brunswick that, if elected, he will serve as the city’s first full-time Mayor and accept no other paid positions. Kratovil currently works as the editor of the city’s bilingual community newspaper, New Brunswick Today.
Kratovil’s candidacy aims to eliminate government corruption, reform the city’s troubled public authorities, and establish a city bus system ans he plans wide-ranging investigations to find out why these problemf got so bad.
A video of Kratovil’s kickoff speech is available here: https://cleanupbrunswick.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/charlies-campaign-kickoff-speech/
The campaign continues to build community suport based on upon Kratovil’s years of volunteering, journalism and 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 and 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.
He 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)
For more information about the campaign, visit our website: CleanUpBrunswick.com
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