Newark Mayoral Candidate Brandon Farzad In His Own Words


Last Friday we reached out to all four Newark Mayoral candidates via email and Facebook. We asked them to introduce themselves and to tell our readers what their plans for the city were if elected. Brandon Farzad campaign sent us the following.

Brandon Joseph Farzad, Candidate for Mayor of The City of Newark, is a focused, persistent leader, ready to solve problems for our city. Background

Brandon was born in Binghamton, New York, and he grew up in the small adjacent village of Endwell. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He then attended Georgia Institute of Technology and earned a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Brandon currently lives in the development of Devon Place, and has lived in Newark since 2013.

Work Experience:

Brandon is currently employed at Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems as a Principal Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer. He has worked here for the past seven years, and works on numerous multi-million dollar programs serving NASA, the US Air Force, US Navy, and some international customers. Prior to Northrup Grumman, he worked at Aerotek in Baltimore Maryland as an engineer contractor.

Brandon comes from a small business family. As soon as he could work he was helping his family earn a living. Brandon has helped his father succeed in several areas including: used car sales, a pizza shop, catering businesses and most recently, a pawn shop. Brandon will bring his collaborative leadership style and systematic problem-solving skills to Newark in an effort to streamline city council, and pursue well thought out revenue streams for the city.

Volunteer experience

STEM outreach with Northrup Grumman and the University of Maryland
AIAA Delaware
UD Club Track Head Coach (2015-2018)
UD MBA Student Association

His Plan for the City

Brandon fell for the small town charm of Newark and looks to maintain it while still fighting to secure the financial security of the City. His professional experience in team building and problem-solving will help to maximize the diverse skills of council and city staff.

For those in Newark on a fixed income, he will fight against raising utility rates or taxes by supporting intelligently located, non-disruptive new business. Growth is necessary, but it must be done in such a way that does not change the overall feel of the city. People come to Newark for the small town feel, and Brandon understands and supports this.

He will fight to build and nurture trust with the University of Delaware. As a UD alumn, he will utilize his connections with Administration, staff, student organizations, coaches, and faculty to strengthen the relationship between the city and UD. He believes that if we work together, we can achieve a synergistic relationship that will benefit both parties.

We will post the other candidates messages as we receive them. The election is Tomorrow Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

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