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    Kevin Kuchinski
    (Dem)

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    Michael Ruger
    (Dem)

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Campaign Email kuchkd@gmail.com
Website https://www.didyouknowht.com
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/kuchinskiruger
Kevin has served on the Township Committee since 2014, including as Mayor from 2016-18. He currently is Managing Partner and COO at Princeton Partners, a NJ-based consulting and strategic marketing firm. He's also worked closely with Ray Disch on the launch of Sourland Mountain Spirits, now New Jersey’s premiere farm distillery. Prior to this, Kevin was VP of Marketing at Church and Dwight, leading a $1 Billion division. He also worked at P&G, with assignments in the US and Belgium, including the global launch of Swiffer. In 2000, he was recognized by Ad Age as one of the Top 100 Marketers of the Year.

Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and lives in Elm Ridge Park, with his wife Leslie, kids and 2 energetic labradoodles.

We have lowered the avg tax rate increase from 6.3% in 2013-15 to 2% this year, preserved Mt Rose and the HV golf course and fought non-stop to stop the PennEast pipeline. I will continue the fight to keep the Twp green and affordable.
First, on keeping taxes low, we must continue to look for ways to deliver the services our residents expect for less. We also have an opportunity to significantly reduce Township interest and principal payments by using upcoming PILOT monies to retire the Township’s debt - for perspective, debt service currently accounts for ~25% of total spending. We also must work to reduce our reliance on residential property taxes by bringing the right corporate tenants to the current BMS site, attracting new small businesses to the Valley and increasing tourism.

On the environment, we must continue to protect Hopewell Township’s rural character. This includes limiting new development to existing sewer service areas and parcels adjacent to 295. Additionally, we must enforce the strong environmental protections in our existing ordinances, take additional action to strengthen storm water management regulations, preserve more open space and farmland, and expand our walking and biking trail network.
Campaign Email michaelruger@comcast.net
Website www.didyouknowht.com
Facebook Page Kuchinski and Ruger for Hopewell Township
I am running again for the same reason I ran before—I want to help make Hopewell Township an even better place to live. I was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia. I graduated from Penn State with degrees in political science and psychology, then received my law degree from Georgetown. I spent six years working at the Federal Communications Commission followed by four years at a law firm before moving to Hopewell Township in 1998 to live in the house my wife, Tracy Vogler, grew up in. I am now Vice President of Government Affairs at Comcast. I was elected to the Township Committee in 2017 and have served as Deputy Mayor since 2019. I am the Township liaison to Public Works, the Agricultural Advisory Committee, the Open Space Advisory Committee and the Citizens’ Equity Advisory Committee. Tracy and I have three children--Teddy, 22, a geologist, and twins Billy and Bobby, 15 year old sophomores at Hopewell Valley Central High School.
The first is Township finances. We need to make sure that the Township is providing the services our residents expect. This year, we kept the municipal tax increase to a minimum, saw continued progress on reducing debt, and saved money by bidding out contracts earlier than we have in past years. In future years, we’ll receive payments from PILOT agreements. The second is the environment. We fought PennEast and must continue to do so. Hopewell Township has been named a Tree City, we’ve installed electric vehicle chargers at the Township Building, we won the New Jersey Solar Challenge, and we continue to preserve open space. We’ll continue to work to move forward. The third is bringing new businesses to the Township, particularly at the BMS campus. Fourth, we need to address community concerns about race. Working with local residents, we are taking a hard look at our Police Department and Township practices.