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 25 years old, believed to be the youngest Asian-American elected official in New Jersey, if not in the entire USA.

He is a businessman, licensed real estate broker and an aspiring lawyer.

He expects to finish law school in December, one semester early.

Wong 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 on the Township Council, he replied, “I’m running for a seat on the 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 two years, he has been giving back to his hometown honest and transparent public service, qualities which have earned the respect and likes of his constituents.

In a recent statement, the young candidate said he was humbled to see the support from the Mahwah community.

Asked why he was running for Mayor, Wong said, “I believe greater transparency in our township government is extremely crucial to the community and growth of our town — not just during Town Council meetings but through more areas of administration. I want 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.”  

Wong was raised by his parents, Steven and Grace Wong in Mahwah, where he has lived for 22 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 licensed real estate broker.

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