The Candidates

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Jonathan Lace

Jonathan has lived in Caldwell for 8 years. He was raised in northeast Arkansas, 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 13 years he has taught at Seton Hall Preparatory School and currently instructs in AP Computer Science Principles and iOS App Development. He is an independent Apple Developer and the creator of the highly-rated “Theologica” iPhone study app. He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association, and the local faith-based, ecumenical group, “Dads On Mission”.

“Like many young families, my wife, Melissa, and I have chosen to raise our two daughters, Aubrey and Josie, in this Borough because we love it. We have a passionate interest in the safety and prosperity of Caldwell and place a high value on community participation. As an educator and computer programmer, I know the value of critical feedback in decision making, of attention to detailed project planning, of the required discipline for solving problems, and am experienced in finding and eliminating inefficiencies. I believe these skills lend themselves naturally to public service. I am running again for the Borough Council because I believe that the major projects undertaken in the last 3 years need to be seen through to completion. Having made progress on 19 of the 21 goals we set for ourselves 3 years ago, Henderson and I have addressed 95% of what we set out to do. I am very proud of that record, and hope to be able to continue our work in the future. I believe that some form of public service is a moral obligation, that principles take priority over party, and that political life is about the data-driven, informed, honest, and civil exchange of ideas. I believe I have acted consistently with those beliefs while in office. I encourage all residents to vote and to make an informed choice for all elected offices on November 3rd.

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Henderson Cole

Henderson is a a 26-year Caldwell resident, and raised his two children here with his wife, Maria. He is a Computer System Manager by trade and was raised in Westchester County, New York 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. 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 town’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. Caldwell has challenges of its’ own, and we need to bring together residents and business owners to come up with the best way forward.”