BEACHWOOD-Wednesday night, Jean Czarkowski, a teacher from Toms River and David Wright, a lawyer from West Creek launched their campaign for freeholder in Ocean County.
Czarkowski is a life-long resident of Ocean County and lives in Toms River. She is a single parent proud of her two young adult children who attend Ocean County Community College.
For the past 17 years, Jean has worked as an elementary school counselor in Old Bridge NJ and developed several nationally recognized programs and services for her students. As a strong advocate for social justice and inclusion, her work currently focuses on school climate, character education and positive behavioral support and intervention. Jean is the anti-bullying specialist for her school. She also established a network of colleges and universities that developed early college awareness programs for elementary school children.
Wright is a dedicated attorney admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Southern Regional High School, Mr. Wright attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he majored in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in English. Throughout his time at Rutgers University, Mr. Wright wrote numerous articles for various publications both in print and online, including for The Daily Targum, the official newspaper of Rutgers University.
Does Wright’s name sound familiar? It could be because, during his college days, he was a contributing writer for the Daily Targum, the official newspaper of Rutgers University and after college, at the Sandpaper, one of the staple newspapers here at the Jersey Shore.
In 2015, Wright operates his own legal firm in Tuckerton, David T. Wright, Attorney at Law, LLC, he now works with this brother at the Wright Law Firm in Manahawkin.
Czarkowski said one of her goals if elected is to work harder to fight the opioid crisis that continues to plague Ocean County. She believes that her comprehensive vision for pulling resources together will assure that goals are met and networks are created that address critical issues such as the opioid crisis, economic insecurity, transportation, infrastructure, community safety, housing, the environment, small business development, and social mobility.
Czarkowski and Wright are challenging incumbent Freeholders Virginia Haines and Jack Kelly in the November election.