Richard Kazanowski, Clark Councilman, Candidate for Mayor

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General Information

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

Employment Information

Job titles held : Senior Customer Service Engineer
Employers : Xerox Corp.

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for position: Mayor
Previous elective offices : presently Third Ward Councilman
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : never ran for mayor before


Website : www.clarknjdemocrats.org
Facebook : Clark Democratic Committee

Other facts

-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."

lake ave resident November 05, 2012 at 08:45 PM
A statement on behalf of Clark Neighbors: Our town is at a crossroads now with the master plan coming up for review, the formation of the Downtown Development Committee, the many empty storefronts, and the large parcel of land that was formerly US Gypsum. We believe that after 12 years it's time for a change in Clark's leadership. While we are not affiliated with any political party, we recognize the need to support candidates that reflect the values that we see as being important for our town. The Kazanowski team appears to most closely embrace the values of reducing congestion and overdevelopment. We encourage all of you who support small town values and a cooperative local government reflective of the wishes of the residents, to consider voting for the Clark Democratic ticket this year. There is no doubt that we all care about our town, but if we don't let our politicians know clearly what is important to us, Clark will continue to be a magnet for traffic, congestion, and overdevelopment.


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