KENT DAVIS is running for Raritan Township Committee to give voters a new voice in local leadership. Kent wants to improve transparency of the Township’s operations, develop supports for older residents, protect our natural resources and expand recreation opportunities.
Kent wants to make local government more meaningful in our day to day lives. Kent has spent his career making public health and welfare data more accessible to government decision makers and consumers. His success has been measured through his client’s adoption of his suggested processes and their overwhelming satisfaction because of the results they have achieved through his recommendations.
Kent thinks it is important to bring this same approach to meeting the needs and concerns of Raritan Township residents by encouraging them to share their expectations with the Committee. Kent feels it is important for our local government to keep residents informed by updating them on the progress of projects and initiatives the Committee engages in and inviting residents to share in their feedback on the Committee’s performance.
Kent’s professional background and experience has paved the way for him to serve as an elected official. Kent is the President of the Board of Trustees for Volunteer Guardianship One on One in Flemington, and he is a Healthcare IT Solutions Architect at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, specializing in developing Medicaid data. Additionally, Kent volunteered with Catholic Charities in Flemington in their Youth Mentorship Program. Kent’s diverse background has made him sensitive to the needs of others and has allowed him to creatively solve problems and offer solutions to young and old alike.
Kent has lived in Raritan Township for 24 years with his wife and 3 daughters, who have attended Barley Sheaf, RFOS and HCRHS. His youngest daughter will attend HCRHS this fall. Kent enjoys bicycling through Hunterdon County, gardening, hiking, skiing and just about anything outdoors. After a 15 year hiatus from running, last year Kent ran and finished in the NY Marathon.
Kent has a Masters Degree in Public Health and a BS in biology, both from Rutgers University.
JOHN DAWSON has held many leadership positions throughout his career. As a former United States Marine Corps Officer, Marine Corps Aviator, and Air Force Pilot with the Air National Guard, Captain John Dawson rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the time he retired from the military after 23 years of honorable service to our country.
As an aviation leader specializing in organizational risk management and leadership development, John acquired a passion for developing effective leadership skills and learning techniques that systematically and substantially drive organizational performance. He is ready to utilize these skills as a member of the governing body of the Raritan Township Committee.
John’s desire to make improvements and find creative ways to run organizations in an efficient manner has led him on a lifelong quest to learn. He has acquired his knowledge through both “life lessons” and through formal education. John believes in giving back by sharing what he has learned with others. In addition to mentoring, John has shared his expertise by being called upon to be a guest speaker in many schools, government agencies and businesses. John’s repeated comments when addressing his audience have been those of inspiration, dedication, strong leadership and moral character.
John has also given many hours of his time to support community initiatives. He has volunteered in local school events at Desmares and Copper Hill, assisted with the recruitment of minority students for the United States Naval Academy, and as a member of OBAP (Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals) assisted with the recruiting and development of minority pilots including women and the LGBQT community.
While serving in the military, John led and planned many missions during his tenure. Some of the highlights of his career are his service as a Search and Rescue (SAR) Aircraft Commander and acknowledgement by his superiors for being an instrumental leader in multiple complex Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployments.
John and his wife Tanya live in Raritan Township with their 2 daughters who have attend Desmares, RFIS and Case Schools. John recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Doctor of Education (April 2020) and also holds an MBA from Colorado State University, and a BA in Political Science from Morehouse College.
In his spare time John enjoys beach time with his family, recreational flying and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.