Caldwell Republican Party Announces Two Councilmen Will Run for Reelection


CALDWELL, NJ — Gordon Lawshe, Chairman of the Caldwell Republican Party, announced this week that Caldwell Council President John Cascarano and Councilman Kris Brown will run for reelection.

“John and Kris have worked tirelessly for the people of Caldwell and under their watch, the tax rate has been stabilized to approximately 1-percent average over the past five years, aging infrastructure has been addressed and energy and cost efficient upgrades have been put in motion throughout the borough,” said Lawshe. “Open space and the environment continue to be high priorities, as well as quality of life, and John and Kris spearheaded an effort to make bulk pickup available to residents monthly rather than quarterly, at no detriment to the bottom line.”

About John Cascarano:

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Cascarano graduated magna cum laude from Montclair State University with a BA in Political Science and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall School of Law in 2007.  He has been admitted to the Bar in New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Over the course of his career to date, he has served as Aide to the Mayor of Nutley; Judicial Clerk for the Hon. Ronald Marmo, Superior Court of NJ, Law Division, Passaic County; Assistant Prosecutor in the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor; Deputy Chief Counsel for the NJ General Assembly, Republican Caucus; and Assistant Counsel, for the Office of the Governor; and has served as an in-house Attorney for the NJ Turnpike Authority. He is currently an attorney at the law firm of Savo, Schalk, Gillespie, O’Grodnick, and Fisher, in Somerville. 

Cascarano is a member of the Seton Hall Law School Alumni Council, UNICO International and the Nutley Lawyers Club. He has served on the Open Space Committee prior to being elected in 2014, and has served on the Public Safety Committee during his entire term. He is currently chair of the Shared Services Committee.

John married his wife Andrea in 2010, and they have a daughter, Aria, who will turn three years old in May.

“I have extensive experience both at government at every level in this state, as well as in private practice,” said Cascarano. “I also have a law enforcement background, so I know firsthand the concerns of our public safety personnel and needs. I have been able to draw on my vast experience in service to the Borough of Caldwell, and am eager to continue to dedicate myself to the needs of the town and its residents. Caldwell will remain financially efficient, family friendly, attractive to business, and safe for residents and visitors.”

About Kris Brown:

Brown grew up in West Caldwell and graduated from James Caldwell High School.  He attended Villanova University and achieved a BA in Geography in 1995 and received his Masters of Geographical Information Systems from the University of Edinburgh in 1996. His business career includes 21 years of experience managing information technology functions with an emphasis on GIS analysis, system implementation and business development. 

He is currently is employed by MSS Services as an Operations Manager within the Directorate of Public Works at the United State Military Academy, West Point and as such, manages IT projects and budgetary analysis within the Directorate.  He also continues to keep a focus on database and website design, data creation and standardization and total system compliancy. 

Brown has always had a keen interest in soccer and, since 2007, could be seen on the fields as a Coach and a mentor for many of Caldwell-West Caldwell’s budding athletes. Since 2009, he served as the team’s Clinical Coordinator and he is currently the Soccer Club President, a position he has held since 2013.  He has also volunteered his time over the more recent years as a recreation coach for t-ball and basketball and also coached recreation basketball and baseball back in 1999 and 2000. 

Brown has been a member of the Environmental Commission since 2010 and has served on the DPW Committee throughout his tenure, and is currently Chair of the Community Center Committee. He is married to Karen and has two children: a son, Spencer, 14, and a daughter, Cassidy, 11. Both children attend Grover Cleveland Middle School.

Brown said the council has accomplished a lot over the past few years, “especially with regards to public works,” and said he is looking forward to continuing that.

“We’re completing the installation of solar panels at the Wastewater Sewer Treatment Plant, and continuing to make upgrades to our water mains—a project that had been years in the making, and was inexplicably ceased for nearly a decade until 2006,” he said. “I am looking forward to seeing that project out to the end.”

Final thoughts from Cascarano:

“Progress is about getting things done, making improvements to infrastructure and quality of life for all residents, at minimal cost to the taxpayers. I am energized to continue the good work that we have made on Caldwell’s Council. There is much work left to do in the coming years and we need a Governing Body that has its members engaged and willing to work hard for the things that are going to keep Caldwell the great town that it is today. I am looking forward to walking the town and talking to our residents in the coming months and I know that Kris is a willing partner in that endeavor.”

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