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Mike Parietti seeks Democratic Nomination

Mike Parietti
Posted 3/29/22

Candidate for 17th Congressional District

To the editor:

I am a common-sense, hands-on Democrat, who will seek, practical, workable, solutions to the most important problems we face at the …

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Mike Parietti seeks Democratic Nomination

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Candidate for 17th Congressional District

To the editor:

I am a common-sense, hands-on Democrat, who will seek, practical, workable, solutions to the most important problems we face at the local and national levels.

I was born and raised in Rockland County, went to Suffern High School, graduated from West Point, served my country in the 10th Mountain Division and had a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

About 20 years ago, however, I was drawn into the emerging political struggle between the Hasidic and secular communities in the Town of Ramapo. One of the original organizers of Preserve Ramapo, I’ve run for office repeatedly, against long odds, simply because we needed a slate of candidates. I’ve fought overdevelopment, and numerous high-density applications that were environmentally irresponsible and posed a threat to traffic and fire safety. I’m currently a member of the Rockland County Planning Board for eight years running.

The incumbent in this race, Mondaire Jones, refuses to take any meaningful action regarding the clash of cultures between the Hasidic and secular communities for fear of offending Hasidic leaders. If I am not on the primary ballot, there will be no discussion whatsoever of these burning local issues.

My immediate challenge is to collect the petition signatures required for a Democratic Primary challenge. I need your help to make that happen. All of the Democratic Committee members are carrying the incumbents petition, which makes sense. He is a progressive on the left, and the committees tend to be more progressive. However, if you want a moderate, centrist Democrat like myself as a choice on the ballot, you must take the matter into your own hands. Please go to my website www.mikesinthehouse.com, where you can print out my petitions with instructions for signing and collecting signatures.

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