Candidates

Mayor Cathy Wilson

Cathy is currently serving as the first female Democratic Mayor of Morris Township, and she is running for re-election to the Committee in 2020. Last year, in only her second year on the Morris Township Committee, she was voted Deputy Mayor.

During Cathy’s tenure as an elected official, she has been appointed to many of the Township’s boards, commissions and committees including: the Planning Board, where her special interest has been to improve communication with the public on land use issues; the Transportation Advisory Committee, which she spearheaded the creation of; and the Economic Development Advisory Committee, which she helped reinvigorate  and develop its new strategic plan. She also chairs the following standing committees: Public Works; and two new standing committees that she pushed to create in 2019: Environment, Energy, and Sustainability, as well as Transportation and Circulation. Additionally, she is a member of the following standing committees: Finance, Insurance, and Tax Assessor; Communications and Information Technology; Fire Department; and Legislation, Government Liaison, and Grants. In previous years, she served on Parks and Recreation; Sewer Utility; Infrastructure; and Shared Services (including the Municipal Court).

In 2018, Cathy established Office Hours, a monthly communication opportunity for residents to meet with two Township Committee members. Keeping one of her key campaign promises, she spearheaded the Collinsville Playground renovation and in 2020 the James Street sidewalk project. The communications tools that she helped put in place are taking on new importance in the unprecedented emergency of the coronavirus pandemic. This is especially true of the video of Committee meetings that she single-handedly brought to residents when a previous Committee refused to allow it.

Both as an elected official and a concerned citizen, Cathy has attended every Morris Township Committee meeting since 2013. She is a former chair of the Morris Township Democrats. A retired educator, she has two grown children and three grandsons.

Cathy holds a BA degree in English from Washington University and three master’s degrees: in Special Education from the University of Michigan; in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University; and in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University.

 

William “Bud” Ravitz

Bud has been a Project Manager for AT&T in Bedminster for almost a decade. His primary responsibility is managing multi-year, multi-million-dollar projects with a high impact on cost cutting via automation and/or streamlined business processes. Among his many achievements: Bud designed and spearheaded a reorganization of the vendor management information structure for AT&T’s worldwide suppliers into the AT&T Global Purchasing System, which increased billable revenue by more than $5 million.

Bud also served as President of a leading digital archiving company and grew the revenue by nearly 20 percent annually for the first five years. Additionally, he has a background in sales and market research.

His volunteer work includes serving on the Morris Township Economic Development Advisory Council, and he is a District Representative for the Morris Township Democratic Committee.

A father to three grown children, Bud is married to Lee Schwartzberg. He is also a former Vice President of the Jewish Community Center of Belle Mead.

In 2019, Bud made his first run for Morris Township Committee and lost by only 8 votes to incumbent Republican Peter Mancuso, a former mayor who has served on the Committee for more than 20 years.

Bud holds a BA in Management Systems Analysis from California State University, Fullerton, and two master’s degrees: an MA in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey and a master of science in Systems Analysis and Design from Kean University.