Why did you decide to run for office?
Someone once said, “What good person would run for office the way that we treat them?” It's quite true that it would be a lot easier NOT to run. But as I learned through opposing *Common Core/ PARCC, it has become apparent that unless we become engaged in our government, our state of affairs will not change. I am running to make a better future for my children.
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.
What would you say to a parent that likes Common Core/PARCC?
As a father, I agree with challenging children to prepare them for life. However, one must ask – what is the effect of these standards on the vulnerable children in our communities? Weren’t the Common Core standards and PARCC testing designed to help these children specifically? Our state has deemed several school districts failing, when in fact it is our state failing these children…and they have been doing so for decades. I oppose the standards because I deem them to be an injustice to many of the 1.4 million school children in New Jersey. We must not waste talent. Addressing this imbalance in our society is not solely beneficial to the child, it is sound fiscal policy for our state.
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.
What is Assembly?
This is an important question occasionally heard on the campaign trail. We are familiar that to pass laws at a federal level, the House and Senate must first craft bills, which are in turn signed into law by the President. New Jersey's legislature consists of the Senate and Assembly. Laws affecting the State of New Jersey are passed from the Legislature to the Governor to be signed into law.
What towns are included in District 17?
Franklin Township (Somerset), New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Milltown, and Piscataway
I am not sure where my polling place is?
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. Alternatively, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to assist.
*Common Core / PARCC - 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.