Elected Officials

Meet Your Hopewell Township Elected Officials

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Julie Blake


Julie Blake has spent over 25 years in public education as a teacher and a school counselor.


First elected to the Hopewell Township Committee in 2015, Julie has served two years as Deputy Mayor and currently serves as Mayor.

She is Chair of the Hopewell Township Board of Health and also serves as the Municipal Public Safety Liaison and the Township Liaison to the Historic Preservation Commision.  She has served on the Hopewell Township Planning Board and as a liaison to the Recreation Committee.


Julie has been married for 28 years to David Blake, professor of English at The College of New Jersey. They have two children, Eben, 25, and Eva, 22.



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Kevin Kuchinski

Township Committee Member

Kevin Kuchinski is a proven leader in the corporate, governmental and non-profit worlds with a 25+ year track record of success.  

He currently serves as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Princeton Partners, working with companies and brands to innovate and deliver out-sized revenue and profit growth.  He also serves on the Township Committee in Hopewell Valley NJ.  Kevin was elected and served as Mayor from 2016-18.​

Prior to this, Kevin was Vice President of Marketing at Church & Dwight, working on iconic American brands such as ARM & HAMMER™ and OxiClean™ and leading a $1 Billion division, with full P&L responsibility.  He also worked previously at Procter & Gamble, with assignments in the US and Belgium, including the global launch of Swiffer.  In 2000, he was recognized by Advertising Age as one of the Top 100 Marketers of the Year for his leadership of the Swiffer launch.  

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Courtney Peters-Manning

Deputy Mayor

Courtney is a community leader, director of finance, environmentalist, lawyer, wife, and mother to two boys—Seamus (13) and Conor (10).  She is active in the Hopewell Valley community, having served on the Township Planning Board and as a Trustee for the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS), and she currently sits on the board of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) and on the finance council for St. James Church.  She is a steadfast, experienced advocate against the proposed PennEast pipeline, speaking at rallies and testifying in front of New Jersey legislative committees. 


Professionally, Courtney’s background is as an environmental lawyer, and she currently is the Director of Finance and General Counsel at the Cambridge School in Pennington, a school her parents founded in 2001 to help children with learning differences.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her law degree from the University of Chicago. She has been married to her husband, Tomas, a native of Dublin, Ireland, for fifteen years.


She was elected to the Township Committee in 2019 and as Deputy Mayor in 2021.  She currently serves as the liaison to the Environmental Commission, the Senior Advisory Board, the Affordable Housing Committee, and the LHT.

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Kristin McLaughlin

Township Committee Member

Kristin McLaughlin was elected to the Hopewell Township Committee in 2016 and has served as liaison to the Senior Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Committee, Youth Advisory Board, Recreation Advisory Board, Deer Management and as a member of the Planning Board. She served as Mayor in 2019 and 2020.  Kristin moved to her husband’s beloved hometown, Hopewell Township, in 2008 and quickly understood that it is the community which makes this area special. She fights to protect our water resources and to protect our incredible open spaces. She is working toward the long dreamt-for Community and Senior Center. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for 28 years and they have three daughters, Megan, Amelia, and Carolyn. 

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Michael Ruger

Township Committee Member

I grew up in suburban Philadelphia in an area much like Hopewell Township.  I attended Penn State, graduating with degrees in political science and psychology.  I then moved to Washington, DC, and went to Georgetown for law school.  

I grew up in suburban Philadelphia in an area much like Hopewell Township.  I attended Penn State, graduating with degrees in political science and psychology.  I then moved to Washington, DC, and went to Georgetown for law school.  

After graduation, I entered public service by working as a staff attorney at the FCC.  I found government work to be very interesting and saw how hard many public servants work every day to help people they would never meet.  I moved on to a law firm where, among the many responsibilities of a senior associate, I lobbied on Capitol Hill and at the White House.


Then came a day in 1998 when my wife, Tracy Vogler, said she had a job offer in Philadelphia.  With the job offer came the opportunity to move back to her childhood home in Hopewell Township.  The next day, I went to work and said I would be leaving my job.  We moved to New Jersey and I stayed home with our young son.  In September 2001 I began a consulting position with Comcast in Philadelphia and that turned in to a full-time job in 2003.  I am now Vice President of Government Affairs, working on the company’s relationships with over 5,900 communities across the United States.  


Tracy and I have three children, two of whom are at Hopewell Valley Central High School.  We also have two very active Labrador Retrievers.  

I was elected to the Hopewell Township Committee in 2017 and have served as Deputy Mayor for the past two years.  I follow three principles when making decisions on the Committee.  First, when we spend money, we are spending your money—so financial decisions need to be made with care.  Second, public input is critical.  It’s important to listen to all sides, even if I disagree.  Third, before making a decision I learn the facts, study the applicable law, and then do my best to do the right thing.  


In addition to serving on the Township Committee, I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County and the Board of Visitors of Penn State’s Political Science Department.  I previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.