Mahatma Ghandi once said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This quote has been a driving force in my continued service to others and my decision to run for West Orange Township Council. It resonates with me because I believe that community service is not only about helping people, but about developing an understanding and sense of compassion towards each other. This mantra was instilled by my parents, who continue to lead by example, helping to improve the lives of others here and abroad, and I am committed to imparting the same to future generations.

My Mission is Simple.

To support our taxpayers by making informed decisions based on research and data to ensure projects that are approved by the Council will have a lasting positive financial impact in our township. I want to ensure that we are investing in our parks to provide diversified recreational facilities so that our public green spaces are safe and clean for our seniors, children, and families. I want to improve our infrastructure and invest in our roads so that they are safe for drivers and allow pedestrians to safely enjoy their strolls and exercise routines. And finally, I want to improve our community programs to provide a more diversified roster of township events and activities for all ages. Investing in our quality of life and ensuring that all members of our community can enjoy the amenities our township provides, is crucial to our mental health.  

About Asmeret Ghebremicael

My grounding comes from my rich family culture as an Ethiopian/Eritrean who lives each day with a passion for life! More importantly, this is my community. My platform is quite simple, I care about West Orange. As a resident, a mother, and a concerned citizen, I am raising my hand to be part of the team that you entrust to care for our seniors, keep our parks beautiful, our roads smooth, and our taxes manageable. I am a long-time resident and the product of the West Orange Public School system, attending St. Cloud Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School and West Orange High School. 

Determined, optimistic, enthusiastic are three words that describe me. I have dedicated my life to public service. As a public servant and a humanitarian, my goal is to continue promoting human welfare within my community and abroad.  Advocating for equity, access to funding, health care and housing in our community were the foundation for my commitment to strengthen my abilities through the completion of my Masters in Public Administration at Rutgers University.

During the pandemic, I had the opportunity to serve our community and Essex County as the Manager of the Essex County COVID Call Center. As the first COVID call center in the State of New Jersey, we were able to create a blueprint for other counties and served as a model for cities, counties and states throughout the nation. We were able to aid over 500,000 county residents set up appointments for vaccinations, testing and connected them with healthcare professionals. I designated and led a team that would work endlessly to make appointments for our seniors to get vaccinated and to get transportation from their homes to our vaccination sites. Prior to the pandemic. I also had the opportunity to coordinate the Essex County Census 2020 Initiative. I planned several community outreach events to educate and encourage residents, especially those in hard to reach communities, to learn about the importance of the census. Through our joint effort with various municipalities across the county, we were able to reach thousands of residents and encourage them to partake in the census. This initiative helped the county ensure that proper federal funding was allocated for our municipalities. Some of the critical programs and services impacted include, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Title I, and the National School Lunch Program.

Throughout the various roles that I have been honored to represent, I have always held the welfare of my fellow West Orange residents first. I am a Board Member on the West Orange Rent Leveling Board and for the last 7 years I have served as a commissioner on the West Orange Human Relations Commission promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. And, with your support I will be able to continue serving our community and exercising my passion for impacting lives as a Council Member.

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