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COUNCILMAN Jonathan S. Wong (pictured above) of Mahwah, N.J. is running for mayor of that township in the Nov. 8 elections.

The councilman is a Filipino-American.

He is 25 years old, and is believed to be the youngest and best-looking (next to fellow N.J. Fil-Am Councilmen Rolando Lavarro, Jr. [Jersey City], Arvin Amatorio [Bergenfield] and Peter Mendonez, Jr. [West Windsor], in that order) elective Asian-American official in New Jersey, if not in the entire USA.

Jon Wong is a businessman, realtor and an aspiring lawyer.

He expects to graduate from law school in December.

Jon belongs to the so-called millennial generation (those born after the 80s).

This group refers to “American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium — have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.”

In 2013, when he was asked why he was running for a seat in the township council, Jon replied, “I’m running for township council because I believe it’s important for a younger generation to be involved in Mahwah politics and I would like to give back to a town that has given me so much.”

For the past three years, he has been giving back to his hometown honest and transparent public service, qualities which have earned the respect and likes (as in Facebook) of his constituents.

In a private message interview earlier this week, the young candidate told the Filipino Reporter he was humbled to see all the support from the Filipino-American community.
 
“Everyone has been willing to pitch in and help. I am grateful for the support. It’s been a blessing,” he added.

FR asked why he was running for mayor.

Jon said, “I want to end the political division within Mahwah and to improve the leadership and vision for the future of the community. Mahwah is a great place to live. But the leadership requires reasonableness, cooperation and discipline between the Mayor and Council for the success of the town.”

Jon was raised by his parents, Steven and Grace Wong in Mahwah, where he has lived for 21 years.

He graduated from Mahwah High School, Class of 2009.

In 2013, he finished his bachelor’s degree in finance & investments from the City University of New York’s Baruch College.

Currently, he is a senior law student at Brooklyn Law School.

He is a business owner and a real estate broker.

We are called again as a community.

We have work to do.

Let’s do it!

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