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William Araujo is a carpenter at New Jersey Institute of Technology who is looking to make a difference. He has just entered himself into the 2013 Governor's race for New Jersey and plans on giving hope to the middle class.
By: Eric Lopez
As we started talking about high taxes and how our elected officials just don’t understand the true condition of the average middle class citizen one of my friends said,”Willie, there’s nothing you can do about it. Just pay your taxes and deal with it like we all do.” The only response I could come up with is… “That is not right!” It was then that my wife looked at me and asked, “Why don’t you run for Mayor of Edison?” It seemed like a great idea so the following day I went to the township municipal building. I remember walking towards the building realizing that I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I rang the bell and a woman came out and asked how she could help me. I said, “My name is William Araujo and I am tired of paying high taxes. I want to know what I have to do to run for mayor.”
“I may not have won the mayoral seat, but it was right around that time of my life that I realized I had the potential to make a difference.”
The rest is history… I ran for Mayor of Edison, NJ in 2009 and for a guy with no political background or funding I was featured in The Star Ledger, PolitickerNJ.com, Luso Americano, and got involved in a live radio debate on 1450 WCTC . Though I didn’t win the race, some great relationships developed and I was appointed to the Edison Township Planning Board. I may not have won the mayoral seat, but it was right around that time of my life that I realized I had the potential to make a difference.
In the coming weeks my FAQ page will be built and you will have a chance to get a better understanding of who I am, where I come from, what I do for fun, what I am most passionate about, and what some of my political views are. In the meantime, for those who have been asking themselves, “Who does this guy think he is?”, the answer is simple.
I’m an ordinary guy with a desire to make a positive difference in the state of New Jersey. I may not be perfect, but I’ve got a great team of very talented people who believe that true change will only take place when someone who lives the life of a middle class citizen gets in office.
For more information visit http://www.williamaraujo.com.