LTE: Choice is clear in Hopewell Township — Re-elect Kuchinski and Ruger

Left to right: Michael Ruger and Kevin Kuchsinki in 2017 (Photo credit: Mary Galioto)

To the Editor:

This year, more than ever, the need for experienced leadership is clear.

Kevin has served on the Hopewell Township Committee for six years, serving as Mayor for three of those years. This is Michael’s third year on the Committee, and he has served as Deputy Mayor for the last two years.

We have worked hard to help the people of Hopewell Township.  

Working with our fellow Committee members this year, we delivered a budget with a spending level lower than 2015. We have reduced the average annual tax levy increase from 6.3% in 2013-2015 to 2% this year. We reduced Township debt levels by over 20% since 2014. And, by working on the budget earlier in the year than ever before, we were able to get lower prices on major road projects, saving Township residents money.

We have been and will continue to be committed to preserving the environment. We fought the Penn East pipeline all the way to the Supreme Court.  We preserved even more land in the Township, including the Mount Rose Preserve. And working with Mercer County, we ensured the Hopewell Valley Golf Course is protected from development.

2020 has presented a number of challenges. When the Township found itself without a health officer just before the pandemic hit, we quickly found a temporary replacement. We provided factual information to Township residents throughout the pandemic. And we made the decision to keep trails open for outdoor recreation for our residents.

When concerns were raised about our Police Department, we acted quickly. We created a position for a civilian director to temporarily run the department. We brought in a consultant to work with us to determine what reforms may be necessary.  And we established a Citizens Race Advisory Committee to review Township rules and practices for discriminatory effects.

Experienced leadership brings positive results.  

We ask that you vote for us—Kevin Kuchinski and Michael Ruger—for Hopewell Township Committee.

Respectfully,

Kevin Kuchinski and Michael Ruger,
writing as individuals and not on behalf of the Hopewell Township Committee.

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