With two seats on the Hopewell Township Committee up this November, area Democrats announced Monday a change to their slate:  Raymond Disch has withdrawn his candidacy to be replaced by Kevin Kuchinski on the November ballot.

Disch, who is Chair of the Hopewell Township Democratic Committee, endorsed Kuchinski as his replacement candidate stating, “Kevin is a proven leader who has achieved consistent success in corporate settings as well as with non-profit organizations. I believe he can bring positive change and will help create a brighter future for Hopewell Township.”

A long-time Hopewell Valley resident living in Elm Ridge Park with his wife and four kids, Kuchinski is a Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Business Unit Leader at Church & Dwight. He also currently volunteers on the Board of the Hopewell Valley Education Foundation (HVEF) and is a board member and head of the Communications Committee for the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association. Additionally, he is a parishioner and Chair of the Finance Council at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Pennington.

“I have deep ties to the community and am committed to helping move the Township forward, tackling tough issues head-on and working towards win-win solutions to create a brighter future. Hopewell Township is a great place to live, and I will work tirelessly to uphold its foundational values, while keeping it affordable and protecting our farmlands and other open spaces,” said Kuchinski.

Kuchinski joins fellow Democrat and current Township Mayor Vanessa Samdom on the ticket.  In November, they will be facing Republicans Ron Cefalone and Tim Shaub.  Current Committee member Allen Cannon is not seeking reelection this November, in order to run as an independent for the 12th Disctrict Congressional seat being vacated by Rush Holt.

MercerMe will be reaching out to all Hopewell Township Committee candidates in preparation for the upcoming election. Stay tuned!

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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