John will be the first out LGBTQ person on the Clinton Town Council!
John Kashwick is a candidate for Clinton Council. He grew up in Bergen County, but has lived in Clinton for the last five years. He is emphasizing his prior council experience and passion for the environment in his campaign.
John is Vice Chair of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club. He also serves as the Chair of the Chapter’s Legislative Committee, which reviews and advocates for bills that the assembly and state senate are considering. John was previously the Chair of the Political Committee, where for four years, was responsible for overseeing the chapter’s endorsement process for local, state, and federal candidates in New Jersey and motivating volunteers to help with campaigns. Along with his husband, Jonathan Wall, he co-founded the LGBTQ Section for the New Jersey Sierra Club. The two are strong national park enthusiasts and also serve on the Northeast Regional Council for the National Parks Conservation Association. He has advocated for wilderness and other environmental issues in Congress and at the statehouse in Trenton.
John was a Councilman in the Borough of Closter from 2006-2014 serving three terms. For those nine years he was also the liaison to the Environmental, Historic Preservation, and Shade Tree Commissions. He spearheaded the creation of a conservation zone in Closter which passed in 2013. He worked on the three successful grant applications for the acquisition of properties in the Borough. John served on the Council Ordinance Committee for nine years and was the Chairman of the Finance, Public Works, and Human Resources Committees at various times. John relocated to Clinton in 2017 where he currently serves on the Environmental Commission and chairs the town’s Shade Tree Commission.
For two years, John served on the Board of Directors for Sundance Outdoor Adventure Society, an LGBTQ outdoor group in the New York metropolitan area. He continues to lead hikes and extended treks for the group including trips to Glacier, Denali, Sequoia/Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Professionally, John is a Manager on the Financial Planning and Analysis team at The New York Times, where he has worked for the last 20 years. He is responsible for managing subscription pricing, payment expenses, data analysis, and operational audits. He is the founding co-chair for the NYT Climate Network, an employee resource group that spearheads environmental initiatives company-wide.
John has a B.A. in Communications from Ramapo College, a M.A. in Environmental Management from Montclair State University, and an M.S. in Accounting from the Silberman School of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University. John and his husband Dr. Jonathan Wall, a psychologist, enjoy hiking, cooking, gardening, reading, and tending to their dogs, Rosie and Emma.