Lloyd Deans is a husband, father and army veteran. He has a diverse background and experience in government, private and public sectors.
Lloyd is an Army Veteran with a deployment to Iraq, the U.S. Border Patrol and various flood missions in New Jersey.
Lloyd has worked with both Republican Congressmen and Democratic State Senators to advocate for better access and care for Veterans. Lloyd testified and advocated in front of both the Republican and Democratic Sub-Committee on Health in Washington DC and testified in front of the full NJ Senate on Military and Veterans Affairs on how to utilize technology to provide resources to Veterans.
Lloyd currently works in a Marketing and Communications capacity for various state and national peer support programs. These peer based programs help and support mothers of children with special needs, police officers, caregivers, addictions services and veterans. Lloyd’s professional career consistently highlights his ability to work with, encourage, and advocate for various populations.
That is why now, Lloyd Deans is utilizing his experience to run for Mount Olive Town Council. Lloyd’s plan is simple: listen; provide solutions; and be a team player. It takes planning, agreement, and execution from both the Democrats and Republicans in order to manage the diverse political landscape of Mount Olive.
Irene and her husband Sergio moved into their home in Budd Lake in 1980 with dreams of having children and raising them in a safe and welcoming community. Irene learned of a threat to their shared dream when she discovered that pollution from the Combe Fill North Landfill was leaking into the ground water that supplied their well and the wells of approximately 10,000 of their new neighbors. A bipartisan grassroots group named SMOTHER was instrumental in identifying the problem and getting Superfund status in 1986 so that the 65-acre site could be capped and monitored. Irene is grateful for the local officials and community leaders who led in the fight to preserve the environment. She was but a foot soldier in this effort but a flame was sparked. She learned about the importance of bipartisanship and civic engagement to build a strong community.
Irene now feels that our right to clean water, air and a healthy environment is again under attack. Our local government is not doing enough to fight climate change and protect us from policies that value profits over people. Bipartisanship and civic engagement are again needed to protect our future and the future of our children. She is running for Mount Olive Town Council to advocate for the interests of our natural heritage and to protect all of the people in our community.
Irene’s community building skills were first developed by volunteering in the school, scouting and sports activities of her three children. When the Mount Olive Recreation Department sent her a petition written by two sixth grade girls requesting a recreational volleyball program in May of 2000, she was ready to step up and lead. The first season started in April 2001 with 47 players in two leagues. A strong foundation was built by instituting a coach training program, Codes of Conduct and Bylaws. Mount Olive Volleyball Association now serves over 200 players and continues to fulfill its mission of teaching volleyball and good sportsmanship in a safe and fun environment.
Irene’s professional background includes launching and running a successful small business with her husband. Their business beat the odds and served local customers for 28 years until Sergio’s retirement in 2018. In addition, her 22 years of experience working in the Payroll/Human Resources Department of Ronetco Supermarkets, has prepared her to address personnel and contract issues brought before Town Council.
Irene is excited to put her experience and strong love of community to work as a member of the Mount Olive Town Council. Her 39 years spent as a Mount Olive taxpayer, parent, small business owner, and community activist will bring a unique perspective and strong set of competencies to the Town Council. Irene would be honored to serve the people of Mount Olive.
Raj Singh has worked as an Engineering professional in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 13 years. In this role, he has managed a team of engineers and overseen the successful completion of many projects. He has collaborated with government agencies, including the FDA, DEA, EPA, and NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Raj’s professional experiences have lead him to understand the value of building a strong team and he believes that having faith in those with whom you choose to support is an important factor in achieving shared objectives and successes.
Raj has lived in Mount Olive for 10 years with his wife, children, and parents. He has witnessed Mount Olive’s growth during these 10 years, especially seeing the exponential growth of communities such as Winding Hill and Morris Chase. With this growth, opportunities for positive changes have become apparent. He has served as vice president of the New Jersey chapter of the Rajput Association of North America, an Indian cultural organization. His daughter, a student at the Morris County School of Technology, has been a prominent voice in bringing awareness to climate change. Her tireless efforts and youthful optimism have inspired Raj to become actively involved in making our community a greener place to live.
In deciding to step up and serve our community, Raj will utilize his management and leadership skills to help our community efficiently achieve our shared goals. Raj believes that we can make Mount Olive an ideal location to build a life and family by focusing on fostering diversity, making public resources more accessible to all, and by providing a voice for the unheard in our community.
One of Raj’s primary objectives is to work to continue to develop the community trail system to ensure safe walking, biking, and hiking throughout Mt. Olive. It is important that every member of our community can safely enjoy our beautiful local natural resources while maintaining the integrity of our local infrastructure and promoting environmental sensitivity.
With respect to the environment, Raj will also strive to make renewable energy sources more available for businesses and residents of Mount Olive in an effort to one day create a 100% green community where families and businesses will want to remain for decades to come.
In a continued effort to promote community engagement, Raj will work towards developing the accessibility of recreational activities such as local boating, swimming, and fishing in a way that is respectful to the environment and fun for all.
Overall, Raj feels motivated to step up and serve based upon his love for our community and his confidence that his personal and professional skills make him uniquely qualified to best represent the interests and shared social aspirations of everyone in the community.