Bedminster Democrats Endorse Giuseppe Zaccagnini and
Uttara Patla for Bedminster Township Committee

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The Bedminster Democratic Committee is proud to endorse Giuseppe Zaccagnini and Uttara Patla as our candidates for the Bedminster Township Committee. Both candidates are highly qualified and will bring great leadership to all of Bedminster.


Giuseppe Zaccagnini has been a resident of the Township since 2016. He taught Italian as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and as a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completion of his Harvard Ph.D., he left academia to become a lawyer. He started his legal career in 1984 by holding several legal jobs here in the U.S. including Alitalia Airlines in New York City. He subsequently hopped across the Atlantic to work as Counsel with IATA (International Airline Transport Association) in Geneva, Switzerland and then the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization, United Nations). After his work with the UN he accepted the position as Legal Counsel to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), located in the town of Gland, on Lake Geneva before coming home to Bedminster.


In close cooperation with his ex-wife, Giuseppe has raised his disabled son, Gabe, and continues to be a caregiver for him. His life-changing experience in helping Gabe face the personal challenges of disability and in navigating the often frustrating maze of available social and health services has inspired him to invest himself in assisting others in similar situations.

 

As Giuseppe asserted: “My personal life experience and my long, multifaceted professional career have provided me with the necessary tools to communicate and empathize with my neighbor plus identify and resolve complex issues with appropriate action. I am committed to work effectively and efficiently to advance the best interests of our Township, provide representation for our diverse community across the board, and reach across the political aisle to ensure that the common good of our community is indeed served. And, finally, I will seek to discharge all my commitments and duties in full transparency and accountability, as necessary and appropriate for an elected public servant – your public servant.”


Uttara Patla is running to be a part of a coalition that cares about the future of Bedminster. Unwilling to stay on the sidelines anymore, she is eager to give back to the community where she spent the last 22 years raising two children as a working mother juggling the rigor and demands of both worlds. In her professional life, she is currently a Vice President of Prudential Financial in charge of the communications function for the retail Life Insurance business unit.


Uttara and her husband Venkat, who served on the Bedminster School Board from 2010-2011, live in the Autumn Ridge section of The Hills. They have two daughters in college. Uttara completed her Master's degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1997. She also has a Master's degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Hyderabad, India.


Uttara’s caring about serving others recently included her work with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop in building a memorial garden for the residents of the Matheny School in Peapack. She then went on to do extensive volunteer work in both the Bedminster School and at Bernards High School. Helping to raise donations from the community for the Instrumental Music Programs for the Somerset Hills is an example of her work.