Why have you decided to return to politics and challenge in the primary?
While my campaign for State Assembly in the 17th Legislative District was not successfully in 2017, we did make inroads with our message to the public. The Republican party is in dire need of broadening its reach in Somerset Count to remain relevant. I am the best candidate for the role because I have the energy, drive, and innovative thinking to retain the party's leadership role on the County Freeholder Board. Primary voters should be mindful that the outcome of this election will determine both control of the Freeholder Board and Sheriff.
What is a Freeholder?
The Board of Chosen Freeholders serves as our County Government overseeing County roads, services, parks, and functions. Each member is elected to serve 3 year terms.
Why do you feel you are the best choice for Freeholder?
As representative of the middle class with a young family, I can best relate to what the public has been experiencing. As Somerset County changes, so too must our representation to stay in pace with public needs and desires. I represent the future for politics in Somerset County. Given my background in both management and cost efficiency experience utilizing technology, I bring unique skills to the Freeholder board as well as the taxpayers.
What do you see as the top concern for the residents of Somerset County?
Based upon the 13,000 voters I met during door knocking, the top issue reported by far is Affordability. This can be further broken down into Taxes, Education, Healthcare, and yes even day to day purchasing power. Fiscal restraint is required to ensure taxes do not appreciably grow and debt obligations met. One example of controlling costs would be to move non customer facing local positions to County Government and consolidate. Tax collection, for instance, would be an easy immediate win in this instance
Can you tell us your positions on the environment, as it related to the scope of the Freeholder role?
Protecting our great parks and ensure that pressure to close, sell, or redevelop them is another concern expressed. Having previously participated in events with the Lower Raritan Valley Watershed Partnership, I will continue to strive to keep our streams clean and environment protected for future generations.
Why did you participate in the State Wide Study Commission Testimony?
As the Common Core* standards were rolled out, it became clear that many parents were frustrated but didn’t know how to address their concerns. I researched and met many concerned parents and teachers. This led to writing several letters to our newspapers and finally to participation in the State Wide Study Commission public sessions in 2015. Additionally, I had one speech read at a State Board of Education testimony to the Senate. The testimony was successful in encouraging the NJ State Department of Education to consolidate two testing sessions into one. It also served to articulate the concerns of the parents.
So you want to be a politician?
No, I want to be a representative of the people. To be frank, I despise the power that comes with such a role and perhaps that is why I am best qualified. I feel the biting sting of taxes, traffic, healthcare costs, and economic turmoil because I am a common man. This is what the people of New Jersey need, not a politician.
I am not sure where my polling place is?
The easiest way to find it is to search here.
I want to register to vote, change my address, or change parties. How do I do it?
A statewide voter registration form can be found here. It can be printed and mailed to complete the process.
*Common Core / PARCC(now NJSLA) - A consortium now consisting of eight states called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in effort to implement a standard set of K–12 assessments in mathematics and English, based on the Common Core State Standards. These Standards were federally mandated and faced a great deal of opposition from parents and educators. The eight fully-participating states are Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Rhode Island.