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Candidates

Brian Andrews

Brian Andrews has a long track record of supporting the Cranford community as well as working across party lines to make government work. He currently chairs Cranford’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee, where he is focused on making Cranford more accessible and enjoyable for all members of our community. He previously served on the Parks and Recreation Committee, where he pushed for more programming at times available to families with two working parents. Brian also sits on the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition advocating for improved, equitable public transit service for Cranford commuters. He is a board member and Trivia Master for the Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence, which provides grants to Cranford teachers to support our students. He is also an active member of the Cranford Jaycees.

Before returning to New Jersey in 2013, Brian served the U.S. Government on national security issues under Democratic and Republican Presidents, working in the U.S. Department of State, National Security Council, and Pentagon. He knows the importance of placing public service over politics. He also has experience developing solutions to complex problems. Prior to his government service, he studied how to make government more effective while receiving a Masters degree at Princeton University. 

Brian currently leads international policy for Audible. He and his wife Jill are raising two young children in town. 

Jason Gareis has spent more than half his professional career in public service as an Assistant Prosecutor in Union County.  He is eager to apply the knowledge and experience he gained there, and throughout his legal career, to a new avenue of public service as a member of Cranford’s Township Committee.

Jason graduated from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1998.  He then attended the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, CT and graduated in 2001.  He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 2001 and has practiced law in Union County since 2003. 

Following law school, Jason clerked for a Superior Court Judge and subsequently worked as an associate attorney for two civil law firms.  While serving as an Assistant Prosecutor, Jason found his calling for public service.  In the Prosecutor’s office, Jason dealt with crimes around the county and here in Cranford.  He supervised the office’s Grand Jury Unit and managed a team of assistant prosecutors, detectives and support staff.  Since leaving the prosecutor’s office, Jason has started a law firm with a focus on criminal defense.  He is active in the Union County Bar Association and the Richard J. Hughes Inns of Court. 

Jason lives near Nomahegan Park just off Riverside Drive with his wife, Lauerin, and their nine-year-old son, Sebastian, who attends Orange Avenue School and plays lacrosse on the Cranford Lacrosse Club team.  Jason was an active participant on Cranford’s Cannabis Legislation Panel and has recently started to volunteer with the Adopt-a-Park group for Nomahegan Park.  He and Lauerin are volunteers with FLAG of Cranford and also organized a food drive where Cranford families helped the less fortunate families around Union County.  He is a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoys golf and snowboarding in his free time.