Friday, July 10, 2020

Introducing Christopher Bauknight for Borough Council

Christopher Bauknight
Christopher Bauknight

Hello everyone,

My name is Christopher Bauknight and I'm here to give you insight of why I'm running for town council. I have been living in the Borough for six years, and since 1996 I have been associated with this town through my grandparents and Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church on North Lincoln Ave. These experiences provided me life long friends who I now consider to be family members.

My background is in retail sales and customer service which gives me the benefit of working with everyone. When you have a career selling Mens Clothiers in Morristown and Livingston you are serving customers of different social, economic and political backgrounds.  This experience helped shape and sharpen my communication, patience and confidence skills. Currently I work for The Arc of Warren County as a Direct Support Professional. This is by far the best job I ever had: great staff, housemates make for an enjoyable work environment.

I'm running for council because of the need for change in the Borough. For the past few years  the Borough has experienced significant economic change.  And now with Covid-19, we as a community need fresh new ideas for a whole town: a new ideal diverse business strategy with still maintaining our hometown charm, increase entrepreneurship to drive business growth, continue our educational excellence, help our community with the dealings of Covid-19 adjustments in mental health, teaching the youth of more possibilities to earn a living and expanded their knowledge.

You may be wondering about my educational background. I was educated in Springfield, NJ at Jonathan Dayton High School. Following graduation I was accepted into the college of my first choice Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. I graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Sociology in 2010.

My community involvement consists of leadership positions on the following organizations. Last year I was elected to the Borough's Board of Education.  I volunteered to be a member of the Friends of the Library board as a trustee. I was elected last year to be a Warren County Democratic Committee person. I was appointed Vice President of Warren County Young Democrats. I am a active member of the NAACP chapter of Warren/Sussex counties. I took on all these responsibilities in a three year span. Throughout my life I have always taken an active role in social justice movements to promote racial equality. Now I am speaking and leading demonstrations to bring about a more equitable society in America.

In closing I just want to thank everyone in the Borough who came out and voted during this week's primary. In these times we have to remember we must care about our town by supporting the people who want to lead and carry out our town policies and leadership. Now comes the race for November 3. Thank you again for your continued support of my ambition to be elected to the Borough council.

Christopher Bauknight

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