NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence Democrats are excited to announce the selection of two candidates who will be running in this year’s borough council election. Rupa Kale and John F.X. Keane will be running on a joint ticket this November. They look forward to sharing their vision for the future of New Providence and its residents.

Rupa and her husband moved to New Providence nearly a decade ago for the same reason so many have—to raise their family and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that living in the area provide.

Many, if not most, will recognize Rupa from her role as founder and moderator of the New Providence Community Forum and she prides herself on maintaining a space for civil discourse, community discussion and the sense of community that has developed around that space. In addition to that, she does volunteer work at town and school events and has recently been appointed to the Economic Development Committee. Rupa’s commitment to and passion for this community are clearly her driving force.

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Rupa's business experience and acumen promise to bring a level of expertise to the board that bridges the world of corporate fiscal diligence with her entrepreneurial instinct. Her experience also includes managing corporate budgets approaching half a billion dollars and analyzing systems to spot and leverage inefficiencies to buttress the bottom line. As an entrepreneur who had to fight (and won) regional and state ordinances to open her business, she understands the challenges facing small business owners who are seeking to find a foothold in communities like New Providence and knows how to support them and foster an environment that is receptive to innovation. 

With two children in the school district, she is thrilled to take on this challenge and eager to serve. Rupa is excited to bring new ideas to further strengthen the already great community that is New Providence. She is committed to bringing greater transparency to the council, finding and eliminating inefficiencies, and supporting the increasingly diverse community of families who are proud to call New Providence home.

John F.X. Keane has lived in New Providence for more than 34 years. One would say public service is in John’s blood. His father was a councilman and, after his death at age 43, his mother took over the council seat and later got re-elected for another term.

Aside from his public service roots, John has extensive experience in banking having last worked as a private banker for two years at BNY Mellon. Before that, he worked at Citibank and JPMorgan Chase running the Middle Market in New Jersey and a Middle Market Corporate Finance Group. He has also had various leadership positions while working at JPMorgan Chase. John’s education includes a BA in History from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.

John has been, and still is, an active member of the New Providence community. He has served as a parent volunteer for the NPHS band, past chairman of the New Providence Recreation Commission and past chairman for his son’s boy scout troop. Today, John continues to be a member of the New Providence Lions Club. He has also been a member of the New Providence Economic Development Committee since its inception as well as the treasurer of the Downtown Improvement District. John has been a member of the New Providence Planning Board for seven years and currently serves as the vice chairman of that board.

John, and his wife Jessie, have three children—one of which will be getting married this fall. He also has two young grandchildren.

John believes that because the borough is changing, we need to learn how to navigate these changes which includes making New Providence more walkable—something he has been professing on the town’s Economic Committee. “You can’t get from Adams to Acme without a policeman. There are ways to fix that.”

He would also like to see where New Providence can be more fiscally responsible by using more shared services like it has done with the dispatcher service. John would also like to see better coordination with the board of education to address the borough’s changing demographics and what needs to be done to adapt to these changes.

NP Democrats are very excited to have these highly qualified and enthusiastic candidates represent them in this year’s elections. Meet and greets with the two candidates are currently in the works as they look forward to discussing the concerns that New Providence residents have and how they can best be addressed.

If you have any questions about New Providence Democrats or would like to learn more, please email them at npdemclub@gmail.com. You can also like them on Facebook (NP Democrats) for up-to-date information regarding meetings and events.