No one knows for sure if a primary do-over is at hand, but we do know a general election will take place. David Herz, a Bridgeport attorney, is the Republican candidate for mayor:
He shares thoughts about his candidacy and why he’s running. It’s certainly an intriguing read.
Sometimes a person is called to something, he knows not why. He knows the odds are against him, but he must enter the arena, as President Roosevelt suggested:
that the life of material gain, whether for a nation or an individual, is of value only as a foundation, only as there is added to it the uplift that comes from devotion to loftier ideals.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Citizenship in a Republic (also known as The Man in the Arena
I suppose with heroes like Roosevelt, Lincoln (with whom I share my Jewish calendar birthday), Begin, I have a soft spot for the long shot.
I run because I stand for the truth, something that seems a relative concept to a Democrat.
Between killing God and destroying our society (the other Roosevelt’s New Deal and Johnson’s Great Society), our children, especially those in the cities have only seen their outcomes get worse.
As Mayor I can not counter every bad program foisted upon us by the Stete and Federal governments, but I can turn our eyes back toward God and family as the basis of our communities and Society.
We need to stop looking to government as the answer to people’s problems. I am less about creating affordable housing than I am about bringing the good paying jobs that will allow people to afford the housing we have, and so much more.
My mission is to make sure that every child has a father. The best way to help a parent make sure she has enough to raise a child is to make sure she is not alone.
Our children are confused enough as they are. I run to stand up against bad ideas:
- Boy can not equal Girl, ever. Man is not the same as Woman. This gender as something other than sex nonsense has to go. Bassick high has on its Summer Reading list for the ninth grade Seeing Gender. If it is promoted there, I wonder in how many other places this garbage is peddled.
- We are not systemically racist or oppressive. I don’t deny that we may have been in the past. I don’t deny that there may still be effects of our prior institutional racism. The remedy was to erase those racist barriers. It is certainly not to teach victimhood today, or to institute other racist measures in the name of “equity.”To quote Derrick Wilburn, a direct descendant of slaves on both sides of his family the only thing we are victims of are:
- our own ignorance
- our own laziness
- our own poor decision making
- Equity is not the equivalent of equality under the law. To impose racist results or quotas is to be racist. What is bad in one direction is bad in the other.
- School Choice provides for better education. Colleges of Education are for the most part the source of most of our bad ideas about education.
- Two parent homes provide better outcomes.
- Fighting crime requires a strong police force.
- Fimily is the basis of our Society.
- Our results in the west are the result of our Judaeo-Christian ethic. That must be fostered.
- We are the answer: every “crisis” that has been invented, man has been ingenious enough to adapt to.
The truth is that the results in Bridgeport—the high poverty, the unnecessary crime, the break-down of the family, the lack of good jobs, the poor educational results, the rise in anxiety and mental disease—are blue-city results.
It’s time for a Republican mayor to address this.
We need to teach our children they are the answer, not that they are the problem.
We need to give them programming and opportunity. We need to give them family. Everyone needs family.
All the above tells you very little about me.
I am a lawyer. My home and office are at 1836 Noble Ave.
I came back to the law–I came to Bridgeport–after 16 years in Israel. My business is taking care of people. I am active with the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, the Bridgeport and Connecticut Bar Associations, and the CCDL. I grew up in Stamford, where my mom still lives. I own property there as well.
I have a wife and four sons. Sharleen and three of my sons live in Israel. We make it work.
I have been a lawyer since 1994.
In addition to lawyering (trusts, estates, real estate, business, and some litigation), I have worked on boats, on farms, in hotels, doing construction, teaching, running a kindergarten, and in retail.
I ran four marathons the year I turned 42 and am the captain of my virtual rowing team: Age Without Limits over at Concept2.com. I broke my foot last year, am on my way back into shape, and expect to be getting on my windsurfer soon to complete my therapy.