By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
BRIDGETON — J. Curtis Edwards, the successful president and CEO of the CompleteCare Health Network told Front Runner New Jersey this month he wants to be the next mayor of Bridgeton in the next “three to four years.”
Edwards, who joined Bridgeton City Council in 2014 on a ticket headed by the current mayor and president of Gateway Community Action Partnership Albert Kelly, said he would like to follow Kelly as the next political leader of Bridgeton.
“We have a lot of issues with the city and my job is to make the City of Bridgeton prosper again,” Edwards said. “I want to see the storefront businesses open again. I want to be involved with that, making things better.
“I haven’t thought about being a Congressman, or an assemblyman or a freeholder. I haven’t thought about running for any of those things. I do have a vision of one day being the mayor of Bridgeton. It’s on my bucket list. I just wanted to put that out there.”
Edwards, who as led CompleteCare as its president and CEO since 2016, has seen that agency grow to more than 20 clinics across three counties. CompleteCare is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Edwards, a Navy veteran, has his bachelor’s in business administration from Rowan University and a master’s in business administration at Wilmington College in Delaware. He has served on the Bridgeton Board of Education, as secretary for Gateway Community Action Partnership, and has served on the Nehemiah Coalition, Human Services Advisory Council and the president of the Bridgeton Rotary Lunch Club.
He was awarded the MCN 2009 Unsung Hero Award for distinguished dedication to migrant health.
Kelly has been mayor of Bridgeton since 2010, becoming the first African American to serve in that position. As the founder and CEO of Gateway Community Action Partnership, he has overseen its growth to serve more than 56,000 low and moderate-income residents in the Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem tri-county area.
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