Kratovil started the local news website New Brunswick Today, which has broken several exclusive stories, including reports on corruption in the New Brunswick municipal water utility.
Earlier this year, he received national attention when he was forcibly ejected from a speech by White House correspondent April Ryan — an event he had been invited to cover by representatives of the organization that arranged the speech.
Charlie talks about the experience and its implications for news coverage, and discusses the challenges facing hyperlocal news sites, including stable sources of financial support. New Brunswick Today got a boost in 2017 when “Full Frontal” TV host Samantha Bee interviewed Kratovil and supported his fund-raising efforts.
Charlie Kratovil, the independent New Brunswick Mayoral candidate, has secured the endorsement of the New Jersey Chapter of Our Revolution, the progressive political organization launched following the Presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.
“Our Revolution NJ is proud to endorse Charlie Kratovil for Mayor of New Brunswick. He has the progressive vision and commitment the Hub City needs,” said Catherine Hunt of Our Revolution New Jersey.
Our Revolution supports a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change, elevate the political consciousness, and reclaim democracy for working people.
Charlie, who already received the backing of the organization’s Rutgers University chapter this September, expressed his gratitude for the statewide endorsement.
“It’s an honor to be endorsed by Our Revolution New Jersey. My plans for New Brunswick are all about giving power to the people of our city,” said Kratovil. “We are on the frontlines, working together to make change and build a strong movement committed to fighting against inequality.”
Charlie’s campaign is focused on giving residents the clean streets, clean air, clean water, and clean government that they deserve. Charlie is also the only candidate in the race with a plan to raise wages for the lowest-paid city workers, many of whom earn far less than $15 per hour.