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Meet Your Republican Candidates for Bernards Township Committee
“As a leader, one must never forget that being granted the public’s trust is a privilege, and that the process of governance must be inclusive and transparent.”
Joe is a twenty-year resident of Basking Ridge along with his wife of 25 years, Debra, and their three children. He is an attorney with over 28 years of experience in the alternative investment industry serving as General Counsel, Managing Director, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer.
He is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Somerset, a year-long leadership program with the goal of producing leaders who are dedicated to their communities and familiar with Somerset County leaders and resources. A Director of EMPOWER SOMERSET, a non-profit agency whose mission is to assist individuals and families in sound lifestyle choices and fostering healthy, drug-free communities. And he also a member of the Somerset Hills YMCA Special Needs Parents Committee where he serves to support and advocate on behalf of family members and guardians of adults with special needs.
"We are committed to maintaining the longstanding traditions of fiscal conservatism and low taxes, while being open to change that will benefit our community.”
John Surano, is a lifelong resident of Bernards Township and graduate of Ridge High School. He previously served on the Bernards Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, and is newly appointed this year to the Bernards Township Planning Board. Surano is an active volunteer in the Republican Party and a member of the Rotary Club of Bernardsville/Somerset Hills and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He will be out in the community during the election cycle, seeking a fresh approach to connecting with citizens of Bernards Township. They welcome an opportunity to hear from residents about what is important to the Basking Ridge community.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Widener University in Pennsylvania and is an insurance agent with Liberty Mutual Insurance.