Richard Kazanowski, Clark Councilman, Candidate for Mayor
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Name : Richard Kazanowski
Also known as : Kaz
Date of birth : 05 July 1952
Place of residence : Clark NJ
College : Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science
Job titles held : Senior Customer Service Engineer
Employers : Xerox Corp.
Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for position: Mayor
Previous elective offices : presently Third Ward Councilman
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : never ran for mayor before
-Graduated from Irvington High School 1970
-Attended Philadelphia college of Pharmacy 1970 -1973
-Attended Newark State College 1973
-1973-2006 Xerox Corporation, Morris Plains NJ - Senior Customer service engineer, retired 2006
-1997-2002 Clark & South Plainfield Adult school Computer repair instructor
-2006-present Computer and Network IT Consultant
-Married 1980 to Lori ‚ two children, one grandson who my wife and I are raising, he is 11 years old now
-Resident of Clark since 1980
-Past member of Clark School PTA; Clark Soccer Club Coach, 1986-1989; past committee person of St. John's Cub Scout Pack; past committee person for BSA aviation Explorer Post, Linden NJ; member of the Clark Democratic Club 1992-present; member of Citizen Budget Advisory Board, 1992; board member of Clark Zoning Board of Adjustments, 1992; appointed to third ward councilman; 1993-1994; Chairman of Clark Zoning Board of Adjustment, 1994-1998; President of Clark Democratic Club, 1996-2000; elected Third Ward Councilman, 1998-2002; Council President, 1999; Grandfather, 2000; present member of AARP; Clark soccer club coach, 2005-2006; elected Third Ward Councilman, 2006-2010; reelected Third Ward Council 2010-present; Vice Chairman of the Clark Pool voted by Clark Town Council, 2012.
"I think three terms for Sal is enough," Kazanowski told Patch. "It's time for a change. This looks like it would be a good year for the Democrats in town. Basically, under my administration I would not try to lose any kind of services. I'd maintain and increase them. And I believe sometimes you have to be benevolent. You can’t be up there saying it’s my way or the highway or it’s a done deal. You have to sit down and explain things to people."
"Also, I'd like to see a township development corp. that would go out and seek businesses to come to town and go out and get grant money," said Kazanowski. "Really, we don’t have a downtown."