Jay Surdukowski is running for the NH District 2 Executive council seat. Surdukowski was born at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—the son of two jet engine mechanics. He grew up mostly in Concord, Dover, and Somersworth—three of the major cities in Executive Council District 2. His free time is devoted to community service, support for artists, and writing. He is in his third term as the Chair of the St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program (ASP) Board of Overseers. He is also one of the youngest Trustees ever of the Currier Museum of Art. Jay was kind enough to sit down and from a safe social distance of many miles via email, answer our 4 questions.
What causes are you most passionate about?
Answer: In a time of crisis, restoring health and rebuilding our economy are the most important causes I am advocating. With over 160,000 Americans dead in a matter of mere months from a global pandemic and 100,000 without health insurance in the Granite State, these causes need to be paramount without question or exception.
What is one message you would like to give to your district?
Answer: In the midst of great economic uncertainty caused by a global pandemic, it is not a time for politics as usual on the Granite State’s Board of Directors. I pledge to be a bi-partisan Executive Councilor that will serve as a fresh and independent voice for youthful new leadership—committed to serving the people and places of the District I grew up with and love. Whether living in Somersworth, Dover, or Concord—District 2 has been my home. I know the 114 miles of it well from Winchester and Hinsdale on the Vermont border all the way over to Rollinsford and Rochester on the Maine border and every town and village in between.
Why did you decide to run for office?
Answer: The Executive Branch will have its work cut out for it to restore health and rebuild the economy. I am running to be a team player to help guide us through these unprecedented challenges which have affected us all in New Hampshire, regardless of party, class, race, or creed. We are all in this together and I want to do my part to help.
What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Answer: I didn’t really have many toys as a kid—I spent my time drawing and painting and collecting rocks, fossils, shells, coins, stamps, books, art, and items of natural history. Then, as now, I think I wanted to open a museum someday! These passions continue to this day.
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