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Deborah G. Braga

District 9 Committeeperson

Although I moved to Metuchen last year, I have spent the last six years working and supporting Middlesex County residents. I’ve worked in various capacities, including as Campaigns Director at the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, in Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo’s Office, and currently as the Deputy Clerk at the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office. Before graduating Rutgers University in 2017, I quickly realized the importance of participating in the State and local political process to make a positive impact for families in every community. I’ve spent years working with various groups and community organizations, like the Middlesex County Young Democrats where I proudly served as the Vice President and Event Chair, to promote voter education and engagement, especially amongst young voters, and spent my free time connecting families with available resources at the federal, state and county level.

When making the decision to move into the County, Metuchen was at the top of my list. The Borough has truly distinguished itself throughout the State for its commuter friendliness, great schools, bustling downtown, and diversity. I have been fortunate to call Metuchen my home for the past year and I want to continue giving back to the community by representing my neighbors as a County Committee Member. I want to be a part of what makes Metuchen welcoming to new faces and ensure that we continue to progress forward.

Asela Laguna-Mourao

District 9 Committeeperson

My family moved to Metuchen in 1987, after my parents were invited to dinner here and fell in love with the “Brainy Borough.” My sisters and I spent our first summer in Metuchen riding our bikes throughout town, enjoying the Metuchen Pool, BBQing with neighbors, and making lifelong friendships.

Although college and early pursuits took me away, soon after I became a parent, I rushed back to Metuchen with my husband and two young children, and have been a resident and volunteer here since 2014. While some things may look different now from when I was growing up, there is even more to do and enjoy, and more opportunities to participate and give back in a more diverse and dynamic town.

As a Metuchen High School student, I learned the value of volunteerism and I’ve done my best to take those values into my life. I served on the Board Metuchen Human Relations Commission from its reinstatement until 2021. I am proud to be a Democratic Committeeperson in District 9, a role I have held for the last 4 years. As a public school teacher, I have a deep appreciation for the enrichment the Metuchen Public Schools offer our students – both academically and non academically and knowing my own children can enjoy and benefit from them is one of the major reasons I prefer to be here.

All residents are important and I will continue to engage on behalf of my corner of town.