As someone deeply committed to our town, I promise to represent you, and the Democratic values we share, as I use my knowledge and experience to confront the challenges we face.
I emigrated with my family from Jamaica as a young child and grew up in Trenton. After graduating from Trenton High School, I attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in International Politics. After some years in the investment business, I earned my Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark and have made my career as an attorney in private practice.
In 1998, I moved to Princeton with my wife, Trina, an elementary school teacher. Living in Princeton is a dream I could never have imagined possible. We are so proud of our three children, all of whom were born and raised here, who have benefitted from their experience in Princeton Public Schools. Dwaine Jr. played football at Princeton High School and went on to Rutgers, where he graduated cum laude and now serves our country as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. My daughters, Leah and Raina, are students at PHS. Leah serves on the Municipal Youth Advisory Committee and looks forward to attending Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall.
I serve on the Princeton Planning Board, on the front lines of working to preserve neighborhood character while facilitating smart, environmentally and economically responsible municipal growth. While on the board, I have enjoyed collegial and productive relationships with Council President Jenny Crumiller and Councilmen Tim Quinn and David Cohen. I chair the board’s Zoning Amendment Review Committee (ZARC), leading the difficult work of harmonizing former borough and township ordinances into a single code that make sense for a consolidated community.
Until announcing my candidacy this January, I served as First Vice President of the PCDO where together we made history by turning New Jersey’s 16th Assembly District blue with the election of Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman. I am also the District 22 Committeeman for the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee. One of my greatest joys in recent years has been volunteering, along with my wife, for Committed and Faithful Princetonians, a social and academic support group for local youth, run by Fern and Larry Spruill. Another is serving on the Advisory Board for the Witherspoon-Jackson Development Corporation.
Princeton is a town with many advantages, yet steep challenges persist in order for these advantages to be shared equitably. I seek the opportunity to work productively with Mayor and Council, municipal staff, and the town’s advisory boards, committees and commissions to provide evidenced-based, cost-effective solutions.
I pledge to be a responsible steward of our public funds, working to find the right balance between maintaining excellent municipal services and limiting increases in the municipal portion of your property tax bill. We must ensure that contributions from our town’s tax-exempt institutions are fair and appropriate. The University’s existing PILOT should serve as a starting point for enhancements that benefit both town and gown.
Bold leadership is needed to ensure the viability of our commercial sector and to keep Princeton affordable for residents aging-in-place, as well as for young families and those seeking to move here. Creating a network of walkable, bike-friendly streets between residential neighborhoods, our schools, and the vibrant downtown core, is essential to keep us all safely connected.
As an immigrant in a nation of immigrants, I am proud to support Princeton’s firm commitment to remain a welcoming community.
I pledge to remain accessible to you so that together we create a town which reflects our vision and values. It would be my greatest honor to serve as your representative on Princeton Council.