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Both Jim and his wife Tracy, who serves as a Bernards Township Police Officer, are lifelong residents of Bernards Township, and Ridge High School graduates.  They have six children all of whom have attended or currently attend township schools.   

Jim is our Mayor and is seeking another three-year term on the Township Committee. He has over thirty years experience in the contract surety industry from both surety company and agency perspectives. As an executive his responsibilities include underwriting and managing surety programs, managing a team of professionals, performing extensive financial and management analyses, as well as expanding and growing business opportunities. Jim has previously served as Deputy Mayor. He has also served as the Mayor’s Designee on the Bernards Township Planning Board and as Vice Chairman of the Bernards Township Zoning Board of Adjustment. In fulfilling his responsibilities on the planning and zoning boards Jim worked on the implementation of the municipality's Master Plan and associated capital improvement plans, and reviewed and acted upon applications for site plans, and subdivisions, and variances.

Jim is a United States Marine Corps veteran and graduated first in his class from Parris Island. He attended Northeastern University studying economics and participated in the 2015 Somerset Leadership Program. Jim is a licensed New Jersey Property and Casualty Agent- Broker.


Kate, along with her husband of thirty-five years, Rick, have called the Bernards Township community their home for twenty-five years. They have two daughters, Kelly and Molly who graduated from Ridge High School.

Kate is a graduate of the University of Scranton and Seton Hall Law School. She served as Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Denise Coyle where her responsibilities included working on proposed legislation, managing the legislative district office, preparing and presenting public presentations on behalf of Assemblywoman Coyle, performing legal research and drafting position papers. Kate has previously served as a Somerset County Republican Committeewoman and has worked on several campaigns both as a Treasurer and County Coordinator.  In 2005 Kate was selected for and participated in the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series.  Kate has successfully navigated Trenton’s government bureaucracy, and has experience and in-depth knowledge of the Fair Housing Act which requires all municipalities in New Jersey to provide their “fair share” of low- and moderate-income affordable housing.

Kate is a strong supporter of our veterans, police, and first responders.


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