David Herrera, a Cuban Italian American and a 20-year East Brunswick resident, garnered his interest in giving back to the community that has supported him over the years. David is an East Brunswick High School graduate and a homegrown success. Having faced many struggles in early adulthood, his subsequent journey to self improvement culminated in finding purpose through recovery and public service. As such, he feels a strong connectivity with many of the problems facing our society. He was raised by a hard working single mother who helped him foster a sense of resilience, values of sacrifice, and strong determination. Faith in his fellow citizens is a key tenet of his philosophy.
David is a small business owner and previously operated two restaurants in town. He has been responsible for all facets of his business, mastered managerial and service skills, and handled private and corporate relationships. He has worked with people of different backgrounds, view points, and lifestyles. David cares about providing career building opportunities to those disenfranchised by previous incarceration or substance abuse. David believes that building skills in hospitality services and associated creative outlets provides a path to developing leadership skills and stability.
A testament to his creativity and commitment to the community, David helped his small business thrive during this past year under the pressure of the Covid19 pandemic. He adapted, operated more efficiently, and focused on providing the customer service that the community needed. He believes that applying the same philosophy to our town can bring about economic prosperity and tax cuts to the people who truly need it. David knows that understanding people's needs can often help one create solutions and he is a prime example of when you put your mind to something, anything is possible!