Kevin D. Kuchinski – candidate for Hopewell Township Committee

Candidate information:

Phone number: 609-439-8044
Date of Birth: 12-02-1968
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Education: I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Duke University in 1990.
Occupation: I am a proven leader in the corporate world with a 27+ year track record of success. Most recently, I was the Vice President of Marketing, Fabric Care at Church & Dwight, working on iconic American brands such as ARM & HAMMER and OxiClean. With profit and loss responsibility for businesses with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue per year, I have a track record of cutting costs, adhering to budgets and meeting financial commitments. Prior to Church & Dwight, I worked at Procter & Gamble for 12 years in the US and Belgium, including leading the global launch of Swiffer. In 2000, I was recognized by Advertising Age as one of the Top 100 Marketers of the Year, for my leadership of this launch. I am currently working with Ray Disch on the start-up of Sourland Mountain Spirits, and I have started a consulting practice focused on brand strategy and innovation.
Party affiliation: Democratic
Public/Party service: I was elected to the Hopewell Township Committee in 2014, and have served as Mayor the last two years. I have led the fight to keep property taxes low and cut wasteful spending, and I believe in protecting our water and the environment, and preserving Hopewell Township’s rural character. I want to continue this work and am proud to be running with Michael Ruger.


Position on good government initiatives:

  1. Would you support reinstituting the statewide public advocate and making it a directly elected position? Yes. We need to make government more accountable to residents, and re-instituting the public advocate position would be an important step in this direction. I would like to better understand the pros and cons of making it a directly elected position, before weighing in on this part of the question.
  2. Would you support measures to increase voter participation (eg. same-day registration, early voting, vote by mail)? Yes. Our democracy is built on broad voter participation, and we need to do more to enable everyone’s voice to be heard.
  3. Would you support ethics reforms that would require broader disclosure on financial information and the release of income taxes by candidates for public office, as a means for regulating campaigns and limiting corruption? Yes.
  4. Would you support changing the nominating process for members of state-wide Commissions and Boards to have panels of nonpartisan experts nominate candidates, with full public disclosure of the candidates’ credentials, and to have the legislature vote on the nominations? Yes.
  5. Would you support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process? Yes. The current re-districting process is not working as it should, and we need to take the politics out of it, to the greatest extent possible.
  6. Would you support public funding of campaigns for all statewide offices, including the legislature? Public funding of campaigns could help make our elections fairer and attract a broader range of candidates; however, this only works if there is also reform and better disclosure of/more transparency with private donations.
  7. Would you support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting simultaneous holding of other paid positions? Yes.
  8. Would you support reforming New Jersey’s Primary electoral ballots to give all candidates an equal chance of being elected? It depends.