Robert Kaminski

1. What is your educational and volunteer background?
I graduated from Parsippany Hills High School and County College of Morris with a degree in Business Administration. For my entire life I have volunteered for Parsippany recreation. I have coached youth football and basketball, and volunteered at the PAL concession stand. I have also done volunteer electrical work at the PAL building. Additionally, I have built homes for Habitat for Humanity and officiated basketball games for Layups4Life which raises money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

2. Why did you choose to run for council?
I chose to run for council because I have served my community my entire life and I want to continue to serve at a higher level.

3. What do you feel is the biggest issue facing Parsippany today?
The single biggest issue that I see facing Parsippany today is that the council is ignoring their promises. Instead they play politics. A great example of this is the cricket field that was promised and budgeted for has not been built. Instead, the budget  to maintain it was cut.

4. Why did you decide to run now?
I decided to run now because I think it is time for Democratic leadership on the council. I believe that my running mates and I would be a positive addition to the council. It is time that the three of us bring modern ideas and real solutions to Parsippany’s problems. Cori, Judy and I are focused on Parsippany, not politics.

5. What specific skills will you bring to the table if elected?
As a union electrician and volunteer coach, I strongly value teamwork. That is not limited to just my colleagues on the council if I am elected. It also includes the residents of Parsippany. We need to consider everyone’s interests regardless of party affiliation to get smart things accomplished in Parsippany.

6. What new programs or initiatives would you like to start if elected?
I want to build a cricket field in Parsippany. With my background in recreation, I want to use this cricket field to build a stronger foundation between Town Hall and the Indian community in Parsippany than the one that already exists.

7. What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my family and my community. They are two of the things that I love most. I have dedicated my life to serving both.

8. What is the best thing about Parsippany?
The best thing about Parsippany is its charm and diversity. We are one of the greatest towns in New Jersey and our schools are among the best in the state.

9. What are your hobbies/interests?
My hobbies center around spending time outdoors, specifically fishing in Lake Parsippany, boating on Lake Hopatcong and golfing at the Knoll Country Club. During the winter I referee youth and high school basketball.

10. What is your professional background?
I have been an electrician for 35 years and am proud to have been a member of organized labor for much of that time as well. Currently I sit on the Executive Board of IBEW Local 102, which is based in the heart of Parsippany. I plan on retiring in June 2020 which will enable me to focus my time on community service.

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