PHOTO: AH Council candidates Tom Hayden and Jon Crowley
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Tom Hayden, candidate for council in the borough of Atlantic Highlands, has been endorsed by Democrats 2000 as one of 48 young Democrats running for public office across New Jersey.
At the same time, the Television Academy announced that Atlantic Highlands’ other Democratic candidate for town council, Jon Crowley, won an Emmy award for his in his role as producer and stage manager for a live, two - hour town hall on the heroin/opioid crisis here in New Jersey.
Hayden, 34, was one of four dozen candidates running this year running as Democrats under the age of 40.
“I’m excited to be among the young candidates focused on making a change in their local communities and in the state,” Hayden says. “The future of our community, and of our great state, depends on infusing politics with new ideas, new ways of thinking, and more important, new people.”
“We are proud to announce the endorsement of 48 amazing young Democratic candidates who we know will bring good government and fresh, new ideas to public service in legislative districts, counties, and municipalities across New Jersey,” Jon Chebra and Matt Bonasia, co-presidents of Democrats 2000, said in a statement announcing the nominations.
“Jon Crowley’s award for his work dealing with the opioid crisis we're facing in New Jersey is a testament to the creativity I've seen him contribute right here in Atlantic Highlands,” said municipal chairwoman Regina Hawley-Keelen.
Jon Crowley added, “This isn't a problem to be swept into the shadows-- we all know someone battling addiction and this town hall was an attempt to arm folks with answers on how to battle this disease. I'm glad to have been given the chance to try and help.”
Hayden is a life-long resident of Atlantic Highlands. He has been a middle and high school science teacher, an educator, and currently serves as field representative with the New Jersey Education Association. As part of his dedication to public education, he currently serves as an elected school board member for the Henry Hudson Regional School District. He has also been dedicated to giving back to the community as an emergency medical technician (EMT), where he has worked to save lives on the local, state, and federal level.
Crowley moved to Atlantic Highlands ten years ago where he's served as a vice president at the FOOD network, the Syfy channel and truTV. Along the way he helped create, produce and direct hit shows such as Impractical Jokers,” “Lizard Lick Towing” and “House Hunters International.” Closer to home, he is a founding member, judge and co-m.c. of the popular FilmOneFest as well as the founder of the Atlantic Frightland's yearly Halloween walking ghost tour along historic First Avenue. He also teaches comedy improvisation at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council and his Wife, Suzanne, is an AHES school board member and they have a son attending Henry Hudson Regional School.
Hayden and Crowley are focused on a platform to control property taxes, find solutions to traffic and parking challenges facing the borough while also preserving the beauty of Atlantic Highlands’ history.
Follow Hayden and Crowley on Facebook and Instagram @HaydenCrowley4AH.