P.O. Box 97, Brookside NJ 07926
Who I Am...
Jack Curtis – married – wife, Mary – two daughters,
Bethany and Amy – and a yellow lab, Lummer!
Born and raised in Dover – moved to Mendham in 2003
Running for a seat in the 25th District as an Independent
Was a member of the Dover Board of Aldermen for 10 years
Was a member of the Dover Planning Board for 6 years and was chairman for 2 years
Was an elementary teacher in Randolph Township for 30 years
Have been a school principal in Roxbury for the past 13 years
My slogan on the ballot and my personal belief about how government should function and how politicians should vote on issues is, put “Principle before Politics”.
Putting principle before politics is a very simple concept, but is rarely found in government at any level. Think about it, if just a few Independents were put in the mix in Trenton in the New Jersey Assembly, the whole way of doing business would have to change and perhaps more common sense and less bickering would become the order of the day!
I promise I will be a representative for every single person in the 25th District. I will listen to your concerns, I will vote my conscience and I will not vote based on dictates from any political party!
Why I Am Running…
The reason I choose to run for the Assembly in the 25th District is really quite simple! From Washington D.C., to Trenton, to most of the local communities, the problem with government is the same! Politics comes first and is the overriding factor in almost all decisions that come before the legislative bodies. The slogans that you will find for my opponents that are printed on the ballot tell the whole story about who they are and how they will vote in any given situation! The slogans will say, “Regular Republican Organization” and “Regular Democratic Organization”. They will vote how their party leaders tell them to vote.
The slogan I have chosen and the philosophy that I will follow if I am fortunate enough to be elected is, “Principle before Politics”. It is a philosophy that is becoming harder to find in any politician at any level. By electing an Independent who pledges to do the “right thing” not the “political thing”, perhaps a message can be sent to the ideologues and the extremists in both parties that people, not politics, need to be the main concern when running of our nation, our state, and our towns
One of my 25th District Assembly opponents on the Republican ticket thinks that compromise is a dirty word and an ideal that should never be employed when making decisions. He will not compromise even if it means that good legislation that is designed to help people goes by the wayside. In my 43 years as a teacher and a school principal, the art of compromise is a lesson that I have learned, employ regularly, and find that it causes harmony, not discord to occur!
The old saying, “You can agree with me or you can be wrong” is the manner in which many of our politicians think and conduct themselves as members of the New Jersey Assembly. That kind of thinking has led to gridlock and far less productivity on issues that are crucial to many people across our state.
In the U.S. Congress one poignant example recently occurred that underscores the dangers of extreme ideological thinking. There was a group of Republican extremists from Oklahoma who, because of their extreme conservative thinking, would not vote to release the FEMA disaster money that was desperately needed for the folks in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. When nature’s wrath hit Oklahoma a short time later with those awful tornadoes that caused so much suffering, loss of life, and unbelievable destruction estimated in the billions of dollars, the conservative Oklahoma Congressmen had an epiphany and saw the need for disaster relief in a different light. Extreme ideologies have no place in a legislative body where the people are depending on rational, common-sense decisions to be the norm.
It shouldn’t take disasters to make politicians be more amenable to use common sense, compromise, and compassion to be good representatives for all of the people.
There is usually a great deal of common ground if we actually take the time and effort to search out our similarities rather than spending so much time accentuating our differences.
MY QUESTION TO ALL OF THE VOTERS IN THE 25TH DISTRICT IS “WHY NOT AN INDEPENDENT?” AND WHY SHOULDN’T THAT INDEPENDENT BE ME?
I hope you might consider voting for me in November.
If you have any questions, please contact me via email at email@example.com