2021 Ocean GOP Primary County Commissioners: Gary Quinn
TOMS RIVER, NJ – With Primary Day for the 2021 general election on June 8, Patch shares the profiles of candidates for local office.
Gary Quinn is one of four candidates running for the Republican bid for the two four-year seats on the Ocean County Commissioners Council in the general ballot on November 2.
Patch asked the same questions of each candidate. Here are Quinn’s responses.
Town of residence: Township of Lacey
Job sought: Ocean County Commissioner
Party affiliation: Republican
Family: Married to his wife Linda for 42 years. Two children, two grandsons, daughter-in-law
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Ramapo College, class of 1978
Occupation: Director, Ocean County Board of Commissioners and NJ Certified Real Estate Broker
Previous elective term, if applicable: Lacey Township School Board 5 years. Lacey Township Board of Directors 15 years. Ocean County Freeholder / 3rd year Commissioner
Do you or a family member work for state, county or local governments? Yes, municipal government
Why are you looking for an office? As the current member of the County Commissioners Council and this year’s Director, I have had the opportunity over the past three years to represent and work as an elected representative representing all residents of Ocean County. I was a member of a school board and mayor of my hometown, which gave me a wealth of experience dealing with issues that affect all of us as residents of Ocean County. . This experience has been so invaluable to me as Commissioner during my tenure on the Board. I consider it an honor to be a member of the Ocean County Council of Commissioners and look forward to being able to represent the people of Ocean County again for another three years.
What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the community and what do you want to do about it? Currently, the biggest issue facing Ocean County is the COVID pandemic that we have been dealing with for the past 15 months. As a county we have worked really hard from the start to try to get as many people tested and vaccinated as possible and now we are in a situation where we can finally see the progress that has been made. Sadly, this part of the pandemic is not all Ocean County has to contend with. Over the past year and a half, our local businesses have struggled to survive and many unfortunately did not. Our schools have been closed or operate on limited hours which has put parents in very difficult positions to be able to work on their own, as well as the fact that this has had a major impact on our children and grandchildren. As the pandemic emerges, we recognize that we will face many issues around addictions, mental illness, homelessness and deportations, as well as finding ways to bring our economy back to where it was pre-pandemic. . The Council of Commissioners recognizes this and over the past six months we have launched grant programs to help small businesses, tenants and landlords, as well as all of the outstanding nonprofit groups we have in the county. We were able to fund these programs, as well as reimburse our 33 cities that had to deal with expenses that they would not normally have incurred before the pandemic hit them. And luckily, we were able to do it all with grants and Cares money the county got at no additional cost to our taxpayers. It will certainly take a lot more work to bring Ocean County back to where it was, but without a doubt, we see a much brighter future and we will work very hard as a team with all of our local towns to do it all. possible to help anyone who needs our help.
What are the critical differences between you and other candidates who seek to serve? I have the utmost respect for anyone who chooses to get involved and run for public office at whatever level of government they choose. At this point in my life, I believe that the years of experience I have in local government, as well as in county government, have helped me and will continue to help me if I am re-elected. Currently representing the 33 towns of Ocean County, I have had the opportunity to work with most of the mayors and elected officials in all of our towns. The most important thing I always try to stress is the fact that all of us in the public service are here because of the voters who put us in power to do the right thing. It is our job to provide services to our communities and to continue to provide the quality of life that so many people have moved to Ocean County over the years. The most important fact, however, that elected officials should keep in mind is that the money we spend is not our money and that the check books belong to the taxpayers.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform. Ocean County, like most communities across the country, faces challenges today that no one could have imagined we would face two years ago. The pandemic, along with many state and federal government warrants that we have been forced to deal with over the past year, have certainly taken a toll on Ocean County. As a community that relies heavily on our tourism during the summer months, our immediate problem is finding ways to get enough manpower so that our businesses can operate through the months to come and try. to bring the local economy back to where it was before. Covid. Opening our schools full time is crucial for our children and their families. And above all, making sure our residents are safe. The county government has an obligation to work with and assist the residents of the 33 municipalities and I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Commissioners to this end.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite to prove that you will be effective in your mandate? Having served on different levels of elected office over the past 22 years, I feel I have both learned and experienced things that have been of great use to me over the past 2 1/2 years as a county commissioner. In addition to my experience as an elected official, I have also had the opportunity to own and operate a private business for 42 years, which I believe has been even more useful to me. When you are an elected official, whether for a city or a county, you should always recognize that it is no different from running a business and that every decision you make is important. As an elected official it is my job to always do what is best for the majority of people and always try to find a solution to the problems you are facing. The most important thing to always remember is that no one person can do everything on their own. As a commissioner or a member of a governing body, you are part of a team and it is very important to always try to work together to represent our residents.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions? I have lived in Ocean County since 1978 and moved to Ocean County because my wife and I chose to settle here and raise our family. Looking back I could never have imagined being an elected official when I was younger and looking back now I can only say that I have been very honored to serve at the various levels of government that I have had. the opportunity to do. Years ago when my kids were young someone approached me in my town and asked me to get involved with the school board and here we are 22 years later. Without a doubt, the county, as well as all of our communities, has grown steadily over the years and my goal has always been and always will be to continue doing what I can to help the people and towns whenever I do. can, as well as to work. to ensure that Ocean County remains the special place that has drawn most of us here over the years.
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