In South Orange Village (New Jersey), former Notre Dame (and Cleveland Browns) wide receiver Braynard “Bobby” Brown won an open seat in their municipal election on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021.
As reported in the New Jersey Globe, Brown was the top vote-getter of the election with 1,029 votes, followed by reelected trustee Karen Hilton (1,008) and environmental activist William Haskins (991).
Brown, who ran in 2019 and lost by 351 votes, is an attorney and former NFL player. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame and appeared in six games for the Cleveland Browns in 2000. After his football career ended, he returned to Notre Dame for his law degree and later received an MBA from Yale. He chairs the South Orange Community Police Collaborative and is committed to public safety and greater social equity.
In the days leading up to the election Bobby received an resounding endorsement from Bob Zuckerman (president of Downtown New Jersey, a non profit organization, and executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation in Westfield, New Jersey). “Bobby Brown will also be an extraordinary Trustee. I had the pleasure of first meeting Bobby when I ran for Trustee in 2019 and Bobby was on an opposing slate. I recall that all the candidates appeared at a League of Women Voters debate at the South Orange Public Library. My brother was up from Florida so he attended, and afterwards I asked him how he thought I performed, and he told me that I did great, but watch out for that Bobby Brown! Since that election two years ago, I’ve watched as Bobby has dug in even deeper to benefit our community, whether it’s through his work as Chair of our Community Police Collaborative to improve the relationship between our residents and our law enforcement officials, or his great work with our kids as a sports coach. Bobby is as dedicated as they come, and I hope to be able to serve with him on the Board of Trustees.”
Congratulations to Bobby on his new role on the board of trustees!
Cheers & GO IRISH!
(P.S. If you’d like to walk down memory lane with Bobby as he talks about his time at Notre Dame, please check out my previous OFD Throwback Thursday post here.)