Who am I?
Here is my biography. I'm sorry this section is not more personal, but I wanted to share with you the same information I have shared with everyone:
Education and Work Experience
Shortly after graduating from East Haven High School, class of 1967, Jack enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served with the 1st Marine Division in the Republic of South Vietnam. After his service Jack enrolled in Quinnipiac College, graduating with a BA degree in History in 1975. He was employed by United Parcel Service from 1978 to 1996 and a member of the teamsters.
After Jack left UPS, he enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and received a teaching certificate in 1998. In 1999, he began teaching in the New Haven Public School system, teaching middle school History and Literature at Conte-West Hills from 1999-2004. In the Fall of 2004, Jack transferred to High School in the Community where he is presently teaching Social Studies/American History. In 2008 Jack was awarded a Master’s Degree from The Graduate Institute.
Jack has a long history of community service in East Haven beginning with his involvement with Momauguin Recreation League, now East Haven Little League, where he served as a coach and later as the Commissioner in the Girl’s Division. Jack was Commissioner for five years.
Jack served as the Vice President and President of the East Haven High School Hoop Club, a parental support group for co-ed basketball at the High School. Jack served as Vice President in the Club’s inaugural year and President for the following four years.
Jack is also a member of the East Haven Veteran’s Council. As a member of the Council and of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 484, Jack was instrumental in securing “The Wall That Heals”, which was displayed on the East Haven Green in May, 2005. For his service to his country and his efforts with VVA and with the Veterans Council, Jack was named Grand Marshall of the 2005 East Haven Memorial Day Parade. Jack finished the year 2005 being named a recipient of the East Haven Merit Award for Community Service.
In 2013, Jack maintains his membership in the following organizations:
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Retirees
- New Haven Federation of Teachers, Local 933,
- East Haven Civil Service Commission
- East Haven Veterans Council,
- East Haven Memorial Day Committee,
- American Legion Post 89,
- Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 484,
- Club Corvette of CT,
- Fall Festival Committee,
- Knights of Columbus Council 3300,
- East Haven Democratic Town Committee,
- Friend of the Greenway Trail,
- Friend of the East Haven Library,
- Block Watch member,
- Parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Church.
Jack is the eldest and only son born to John and Helen Stacey (he has 4 sisters). Jack has been a resident of East Haven since 1957.
Jack married East Haven resident Susan Connor in August of 1972, and the couple has 2 daughters.
Why am I running?
I am running as a Democrat for Mayor of East Haven because I believes in my town. Moreover, I have a vision that will redefine how East Haven is viewed in the region and the state, transforming the town into an economic hub that is welcoming of all residents and prepared for the future.
I have developed three key areas I would like to work on to improve the town for all its residents: economic development, town management restructuring, and bettering the quality of life. Through these areas we can better East Haven's public image while also making government more efficient.
- infrastructure Renewal and revitalizing Main, Frontage and Foxon to create an economic hub
- creating jobs by enticing new businesses
- maximizing access to existing state and federal programs that promote and support small business
- balance the budget without compromising town services or the future of our town
- make emergency preparedness and response a priority
- improve neighborhoods, safer streets, clean beaches, access to city resources like libraries, parks and public spaces
- fully support our first responders ensuring that they have the tools they need
Quality of Life
- promote good schools that train the workforce and college bound youth, youth at work initiative; work with the Board of Education to budget more efficiently
- building community and celebrating the active partners in EH following the vision of Judge and Eliene Demaio
- involving and enveloping the latino and other minority community – it's not us verses them, it's just us.
This is a good start, but the vision is not complete without East Haven's residents! Get involved in completing these goals. Email Jack at [email protected] with suggestions on how residents think we can make East Haven better, together.
I believe in open, transparent, and participatory government where the people of East Haven have a not just a voice, but a role to play in the governing of their town. By removing the veil separating the citizens from the goings-on in City Hall, I will create an atmosphere that holds city employees more accountable. Through community collaboration and an inclusive government, we can ensure we only use the best ideas that help our town save money while protecting jobs and our citizens.
I promise to keep East haven residents involved in the process of governing - no closed door meetings where things are decided without public input.
I also promise to change the way East Haven is viewed. Right now we have been battling the perception that we are a racially insensitive town with a mayor who is out of touch with the population and a police force that unfairly targets people. I plan to change this by specifically including the latino and other minority communities. I want to make sure people have access to government by providing a spanish speaking representative in city hall to help residents. I also want to make sure documents are available in English and Spanish.
I will also turn peoples attention to emergency preparedness and response. We have been hit by extreme weather events multiple times over the past two years. People need to feel safe in their homes again, and I promise to review the state's plan and the emergency response plan for East Haven to make sure we never again have to go without power downtown for 7 days, and 14 days on the back roads.
My DFA Values
I served in the United States military during the Vietnam War and I have seen poverty, destruction, and people fighting for democracy first hand. I worked as a teamster for 18 years and got to know my neighbors and my community while delivering packages for UPS. For the past 13 years I have been teaching history in an area public school.
My experiences have taught me the value of democracy - letting people engage and interact with their government will ensure that the best ideas are screened on any decision, especially regarding the budget and economic development.
Working families have it tough right now. Teaching young people has taught me about the everyday hardships those in lower income brackets face - and it is unacceptable that students don't have a basic level of food and housing security. I will work to fix this not just by bringing new businesses come to East Haven but ease the burden on existing businesses. By increasing our grand list the tax burden will go down for residents and commercial entities.
Lastly, I will be running a race that is completely grassroots. I believe that you can't pay someone to be on your side- they have to believe in you. I want to be a candidate that has the support of my community, local leaders, and local businesses.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I have created a list of campaign initiative/ideas that I feel are important. We are hosting a series of community meetings to crowd-source solutions to the issues I have highlighted. I want to make sure that people in my community feel heard and have a voice in their government.
I also have only one paid staffer- my campaign manager. Everyone else is a volunteer. Members of my church, community organization, town committee, and friends have already come out to support me at events and help me raise funds. As the campaign progresses I will continue to include people from across the town.
This way of working together to complete a goal will not end once I am in office. I will be an inclusive leader who always has an open door and be willing to listen.
My campaign slogan: Let's find ways to make East Haven better, together.