Four candidates battle for two seats on Cranbury Township Committee

Brainerd Lake in Cranbury.

Four candidates in Cranbury are running for two open seats on the Cranbury Township Committee in the general election on Nov. 5.

The four candidates are all newcomers.

Democrats Eman El-Badawi and Barbara Rogers will try to earn seats against Republicans Evelyn Spann and Walter Wright in the general election.

El-Badawi is a homesteader and community volunteer. She currently is an active member of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Islamic Networks Group, La Convivencia and Containers for Syrian Refugees. El-Badawi’s objectives are to foster outreach with community building, civic engagement, communication, greater transparency and is committed to cultivating the environment.

Rogers is currently leading the Green Team Advisory Committee in Cranbury and Cranbury Township’s Sustainable Jersey program. She has led volunteers to create five miles of trails in Cranbury’s preserves. Rogers aims to lead Cranbury in balancing environmental, social and economic issues. She said the major issues facing Cranbury are traffic, the Cranbury School student body size and communication.

Spann is currently a board member of the Cranbury Township Board of Education and has been serving in that capacity for 11 years. She serves as chair of the facilities committee and a member of the curriculum committee. Spann is also the Princeton Public School liaison for Cranbury. Spann said she would address Cranbury’s distribution center traffic, communication and the master plan if elected.

Wright for 33 years was the owner and operator of the South River Sand Company. He is U.S. Air Force veteran who served as an aircraft electrician instructor. Wright has been the chairman of the Plainsboro Bureau of Fire Prevention and Zoning Board. He was elected to be a First Presbyterian Church elder. Wright said he would address the issues of the Brainer Lake Dredging Project, quality of environment, and warehouse truck traffic if elected in November.

The election will take place on Nov. 5. For residents voting in person they can do so at town hall, which is located at 23 N Main St.

According to officials, District 1 votes in the boy scout room, District 2 and 3 vote in the senior center.

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