Vincent Barragan, Candidate for Montgomery Township Committee 2022
Democratic Party Candidate
Global corporate finance, Johnson & Johnson.
Vince Barragan graduated from Rahway High
School in 1996. He earned a certificate of completion from the U.S. Army ROTC program at Fordham University, where he was a member of the National Society of Pershing Rifles.
He completed his bachelor’s degree at the New York University School of Business. He also earned an MBA from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business.
Spouse: Cathy Caicedo, director of business development at Janssen. Children: Vincent and Valerie.
Barragan and his family moved from Hamilton Township to Montgomery in 2016. He was appointed to the Township Committee in the spring of 2022 to fill an unexpired term, and is seeking election to a three-year term in November. Currently, he serves on the budget and finance, Veterans Memorial Committee, and open space committees.
In 2021, Vince served as the keynote speaker at Montgomery’s Veterans Day Ceremony. In his younger days, Barragan participated in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) from June 1996 to August 1996.
He was assigned to Congressman Bobby Scott, 3rd District of Virginia. He also was the lead for the Most Favored Nation status for China and for English-only legislation. And, he participated in several professional development seminars organized by CHCI.
He is the first Latino to serve on Montgomery Township Committee, and he is a first generation Cuban American. His parents came to this country in search of liberty and economic opportunity, he says, and they instilled in him the values of patriotism, education, hard work, and service.
Barragan is a US Army veteran. He was an infantry officer with the US Army from May 2000 to May 2004, during which time he served as captain of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Specifically, he led the supporting effort for the airborne infantry company in two battalions, and participated in more than 25 company missions during IRAQI FREEDOM, resulting in processing more than 25 insurgents for trial. He was awarded Bronze Star Medal, according to LinkedIn.
Three most important issues:
1. Build for the future – improve and modernize our infrastructure.
2. Minimize taxes - focus on the affordability of the town, especially with what is going on in the broader economy with inflation. I would like to partner with other groups, such as the school board and the county, to see how we could maximize the effectiveness of our tax.
I provide successful financial leadership for a billion dollar-size business. I could use that knowledge in the township’s budgeting process.
3. Continue to build a culture of inclusivity.
He says he is experienced in attracting, retaining, and advocating for people from diverse backgrounds, as well as Veterans, in corporate settings. This background would help in this endeavor.
Why are you running as a Democratic candidate?
One of the reasons I got into politics was the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. I was
shocked. That is not something I thought would ever happen. ■