LTE: Ryan Kennedy announces bid for HB Mayor

Friends and neighbors: 

On Monday I let our Democratic committee know formally what may have been my worst kept secret: and I am excited to confirm for you all that I will be running for Hopewell Borough Mayor this year following Mayor Anzano’s retirement. 

It has been an honor to serve our town for these past 5 years on council and many more before that on our planning board and other committees. I grew up in Hopewell Valley, graduated from our schools and am lucky to be raising my two wonderful daughters here. We are all blessed to live in a community that cares so much for its environment and each other – it’s something I remind myself of every day when I step off my front porch on to Broad Street. 

While I am proud of our accomplishments as a town, there is so much more to do on affordability, safety, inclusiveness and most importantly, openness and communications. In my time on council, I have strived to make information accessible to all. When our antiquated website crashed during the pandemic, I couldn’t wait for someone else to step in: literally rebuilt it, pushed for (and set up) an email notification system and filmed/edited videos to get the message out about what was happening in town. When we tried to go back to in person council meetings, I wasn’t satisfied with leaving out those who could not attend, so I personally obtained and tested equipment to put our meetings back online. As Mayor, I have plans to finally complete the vision, where residents can easily attend meetings and get the services and information they need, in whatever way is most comfortable for them.  

I stand by my work in land preservation in Hopewell and beyond and was honored to have helped draft Hopewell’s transition away from plastic bags. While we have kept a careful eye on spending, I have worked hard to preserve affordability here – both in our work to create affordable housing and in taking action to make sure our Borough taxpayers only pay their fair share of our school costs. To my volunteer colleagues on our newly created Pedestrian Bicycle and Safety Advisory Committee – I will continue to fight alongside you all to create the safe, walkable downtown we all deserve and am excited to work with our friends at Mercer County to do so. 

For those of you who I have not spoken to personally over the last few months, I look forward speaking about our vision for the Borough, and I pledge to never stop 

Working together for Hopewell

-Ryan

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