CALDWELL, NJ – The Caldwell Democratic County Committee (CDCC) recently announced that John Kelley will be running for mayor, and Frank Rodgers and Christine Schmidt will be running for Caldwell Borough Council in the 2018 election.
“We happily endorse these three residents of Caldwell and are thrilled to know the town has concerned and committed candidates for the voters to elect to the mayoral and council seats to continue to make Caldwell a better place to call home,” said CDCC chair Mike Rubin.
Kelley and his wife, Susan, are 20-year Caldwell residents and raised their two children, Johnny and Meredith, in the borough. He graduated Duquesne University with a degree in accounting and has been a CPA for 30 years in both Texas and New Jersey. He is currently a controller for a company headquartered in New York City.
After being elected to the Caldwell Borough Council in 2011, Kelley served as a councilman with Rodgers for one term and served on the finance, senior transportation and various other committees.
If elected mayor, Kelley hopes to provide a fresh, energetic, and bi-partisan approach to leadership of the governing body.
Rodgers, a 27-year resident of Caldwell, lives with his wife, Maria, and their five children, Frank, Nicholas, Monica, Thomas and Dante, who have all attended or currently attend Caldwell-West Caldwell schools. He grew up in North Caldwell and is a graduate of West Essex High School, where he is a member of the athletic hall of fame. He graduated from Rutgers University and received his Masters Degree in Mathematics from Montclair State University.
Rodgers has been a math teacher at Hackettstown High school for 28 years, where he also coaches football, wrestling and track. He teaches AP Calculus and has been nominated five times by the senior class to give the faculty speech at graduation.
He is now seeking his third term on the Caldwell council, where he has served on numerous committees and boards.
Schmidt has been living in the Caldwell area for more than 50 years. She attended Montclair State University and received degrees in Political Science and French. She went on to work at the French Embassy offices in New York, and later at the United Nations Public Information office in Rome.
In addition to those positions, Schmidt has used her skills in writing while working for an import-export company, working in a soup kitchen in a German train station after the Berlin Wall came down, and most recently, teaching English as a second language.
She and her husband, Brian, moved to Caldwell five years ago because of its school system, its diversity and its downtown. Schmidt has recently dedicated much of her time to sharing her love of learning, travel and discovery with her two daughters, Maia and Julie.
Throughout all of these experiences, Schmidt has her utilized passion for research as well as her deep desire to help all people connect on meaningful levels, and hopes to continue to do so on the Caldwell Borough Council.
According to Rubin, these three candidates represent “the very best of Caldwell and enhance one another’s skills and talents.” He said that Kelley will bring his accounting and business acumen to bear on Caldwell’s long-term financial health with Rodgers’ council experience and leadership together with Schmidt’s record of government and community service “to offer to Caldwell residents three outstanding choices” for mayor and borough council in 2018.