Herb Tarbous
Candidate for Chair
Middlesex County Democratic Organization

Herb grew up in North Plainfield and graduated from North Plainfield High School in 1976. He then moved to Manhattan and earned a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia University in 1981. After moving to Piscataway in 1992 with his wife and two daughters, he studied Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University. Herb has spent nearly 30 years as an engineer performing work related to operational efficiency, organizational change, and resource optimization across several industries including stints at Bell Labs in Holmdel and Telcordia/Ericsson in Piscataway. Prior to beginning his engineering career Herb worked for five years as a laborer/driver/foreman for moving companies based in Harlem.

In 2017, Herb and his wife Laura were first elected to the Piscataway Democratic Committee "off-the-line" with the Central Jersey Progressive Democrats. Since becoming a committee member Herb has become a well-known Progressive activist in NJ. He is a member of the speaker's bureau for the NJ Universal Healthcare Coalition as well as an active member of Sunrise Jersey Shore. On his 61st birthday this past February Herb accompanied several members of the RU Progressives to D.C. where they were arrested while occupying Mitch McConnell's office with Sunrise Movement activists from McConnell's home state of Kentucky and around the country. The groups were protesting McConnell accepting money from the fossil fuel industry while also trying to kill Green New Deal legislation.

Charlie Kratovil
Candidate for Vice-Chair
Middlesex County Democratic Organization

Charlie grew up in Middlesex Borough and has lived in New Brunswick for over fifteen years, graduating from Rutgers University in 2009 with a degree in journalism and media studies. Charlie has advocated for progressive policies at the state and local levels, working for organizations including Food & Water Watch and The Citizens Campaign. In college, he volunteered with the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs hosting Model United Nations and Model Congress conferences for high school students, and he also served on the Board of Directors of the Rutgers University Student & Alumni Federal Credit Union.

Since graduating from Rutgers, Charlie has started multiple news organizations, including the award-winning local publication New Brunswick Today. He is currently the Editor of New Brunswick Today, a position he has held since 2011. Charlie ran for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018, earning the support of more than 1,800 voters throughout the Hub City. He also received the prestigious NJ State Governor's Jefferson Award for Public Service, considered America's highest honor for public service and volunteerism.