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Cricket Denton Announces Her Candidacy For Upper Township Committee

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David Todd McCarty
David Todd McCarty
 2021-05-16

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Upper Twp Committee Candidate Cricket DentonPhoto: David Todd McCarty

SEAVILLE, NJ — Cricket Denton, a lifelong resident of Seaville, and an ardent community leader, is officially announcing her candidacy for Upper Township Committee.

Cricket is no stranger to public service, having been raised by Cherie Denton, an Upper Township school teacher and single mother, Cricket was taught the importance of philanthropy at an early age.

At two years old, she was participating in fundraisers by the Country Shore Women’s Club, raising money for local scholarships and community charities. Cricket has continued this trend, still an active member of the Country Shore Women’s Club, but also expanding her outreach in Upper Township, as well as the surrounding counties.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Cricket acted as a host site coordinator for A Future With Hope and the volunteer coordinator for Cape May County’s Long-Term Recovery Group connecting those in need with volunteers who would help restore their homes.

In the aftermath of Sandy, Cricket helped to facilitate over 16,000 volunteer hours in an effort to restore a sense of normalcy to those who had lost so much. As a result of her work with Sandy relief and recovery, Cricket was awarded the honor of Citizen of the Year from the Upper Township Noon Rotary Club, and she was also introduced to Prince Harry by Governor Chris Christie as one of “New Jersey’s Heroes.”

Cricket’s most recent endeavor was leading a group dubbed the Vaccine Angels to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our community were able to get appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. At this point in time, Cricket has helped secure over 1,000 vaccine appointments for those in need.

After attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Cricket went on to earn two Master’s Degrees, including a Masters in Divinity from Drew University, and currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Seaville United Methodist Church.

She also serves as the Director of The Splash Pad, an eco-retreat center which helps people connect their faith to environmental sustainability.

When not serving the public in some capacity, Cricket enjoys singing and directing children’s musicals. She studied music at Westminster Choir College and has performed with the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

Cricket’s most memorable performance was singing with Garth Brooks and many others at Sunoco’s 4th of July Celebration in Philadelphia, but she can also be found singing locally as a soloist at the Ocean City Tabernacle, the Ocean City Library, and our own Township Hall as a member of the UpTown Singers.

Cricket lives with her partner, Eric, and two beautiful daughters Charlie Mae (9) and Brighton (6). She is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to run for Township Committee, and hopes to lead her community into a future filled with hope and renewal.

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