"Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.” -John McCain
I hope this letter finds you well. I’m Jeff Beyer and I’m running for Bedminster Township Committee. In normal times, I’d be knocking on doors right about now and introducing myself to you in person, but this pandemic makes that difficult, so let me tell you a little bit about myself and why I’ve decided to run.
As a Vietnam veteran and retired Captain in the US Marine Corps, I’ve come to admire the above quote by Senator McCain more and more with each passing day. It reminds me that America works best when we put aside our differences and work together.
I love Bedminster, it’s a place my wife Kathy and I have called home for over 32 years. We sent our two boys to public school and enrolled them in the Boy Scouts. I started a successful business in nearby Liberty Corner and served on various non-profit boards over the years, including the Great Dane Club of Raritan Valley, where I became President. I currently serve as Secretary of the Board of Governors of the Clarence Dillon Library and Chairman of the Bedminster Democratic Committee.
When the pandemic hit, I mobilized my fellow Democrats to check in on Bedminster residents, personally making hundreds of these phone calls myself. We gathered donations for our local food pantry and I hosted a public webinar with Shanel Robinson, Freeholder Director of Somerset County, to provide timely information about county resources and efforts.
One of the most important lessons I learned as a young lieutenant in the Marine Corps was a
simple one. No officer eats until all his men have eaten. It forms the basis of my philosophy of servant leadership.
This election, we have a choice about what kind of world we want to leave our children. As a father and grandfather, I want it to be fair and inclusive. I hope you’ll consider voting for me for Bedminster Township Committee. I’ll reach across the aisle to find ways to improve life in our great town while keeping taxes low.
Chair, Bedminster Democratic Committee
and Democratic candidate for Bedminster Township Committee