Candidate Name: Jared Schablein
What office are you running for?
Pittsville Town Commissioner
With which party are you running for office?
November, 5th 2019
Why are you running for office?
My name is Jared Schablein and I was born and raised in the town of Pittsville. I have been and am deeply involved in our community and politics since the age of twelve. I have spent the last three years as the chair of a non-partisan political organization that works across the entire Lower Eastern Shore. I also serve on the town’s communication committee that was created to increase transparency after the Water Crisis earlier this year. By electing me to the Town Council, Pittsville will benefit because of my experience in working directly with local, state, and federal officials on several aspects of governance. We will create a town government in Pittsville that is transparent and better able to address the issues our town faces.
I am running on a simple platform of three main goals focused around strong community, improvement, and transparency. The first major point is strong community. When you get home from work and turn on the nightly news, you see constant division by race, religion, political belief, to name only a few. Sadly, this has trickled down into our beloved town as well. A concrete example is that we have two Facebook pages for a town of 1,500. I want to implement plans that will heal the wounds of division and create a sense of community pride by hosting more community events like Clean-Up days and by creating a town flag. Pittsville is a wonderful community, but of course improvements can be made. All of Pittsville will benefit from ideas such as developing an economic plan with local business owners; upgrading our park’s playground equipment and picnic pavilion, and adding better lighting for increased safety; and establishing plans to increase safety in town, by possibly adding sidewalks to busy roads. Also of concern is improving our water and sewer systems. Not only making these improvements as a way to enhance our quality of life but also to make Pittsville more attractive to new businesses such as a grocery store and to foster other growth in our town. We can pay for these plans by acquiring a professional grant writer to draft proposals that will help bring our tax dollars back to Pittsville through grants.
My final priority is focusing on transparency in town government. Communication has been improving–in part due to the hard work of the communications committee–but there are still improvements to be made. The creation of an official town Facebook page to dispense official information and events going on in our community would be an important step in the right direction. Secondly, we need to livestream all town council meetings. Not only will this allow the town to comply with open meeting laws, it is the right thing to do. There are plenty of folks in town that are unable to attend meetings because of illness, age, kids, or just life in general; livestreaming would allow everyone to stay informed about what is going on in their community and with their tax dollars.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
The biggest issue facing Pittsville is the water treatment plant and government transparency. My solution for the Water crisis is applying for grants to update the water system. My solutions for transparency is live streaming all town meetings, creating a town Facebook page, and I’ve been handing out my personal contact number so residents can reach me directly.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
I am honored to say my campaign has done a lot to bridge the divide already. I am a Progressive Democrat who has received the endorsement from a former Republican Party Executive. How did I get endorsed? Because Progressive ideals go across party lines and bring people together.
I have been a community/political organizer since the age of 12 and I live by one golden rule.
It doesn’t matter how I personally feel about someone when it is time to work for the community it is time to work. It’s about getting things accomplished.
Who is your hero?
My heroes are Bernie Sanders, Former Czech President Václav Havel, and Nina Turner. Due to their commitment to Progressive ideals and serving the people over everything else.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include running my non-partisan political organization the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus, watching football, and occasionally playing strategy games.
What is the most recent book you read?
Bernie Sanders ”Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In”
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
I do not have any kids, pets, or house plants.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Readers who are interested in getting involved can do these three things.
- Donate to the campaign: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr
- Phone bank voters
- Knock doors in Pittsville
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