East Hampton Patch has asked all the candidates to write up five points voters should know about them as they head to the polls on Nov. 8. Here is what Ray Hartjen, a Democratic candidate for , wants you to know:
1. The Democratic Screening committee asked me to run because I get the job done -- from the raising of $450,000 and the overseeing of the building of the in Amagansett, to bringing “town water” to Gerard Drive, to designing and building the 175 feet Tanbark bridge at the head waters of Three Mile Harbor to writing a grant that brought trail head maps to four sites (view one on 114 on your way to Sag Harbor). I am now leading the campaign to replace the .
2. As a lifelong summer resident of Old Fireplace I have led a dual existence: In the role of an educational reformer, I began that career as a school psychologist, I invented a teaching machine, administered a 19 year grant from the US Department of Education which served the schools of Maryland and wrote a book, Empowering the Child; Nurturing the Hungry Mind, soon to be available on Kindle.
3. As a lover of the sea I learned to sail at the age of 7 on Gardners Bay and had a Coast Guard license which allowed me to run a small charter fishing service from our dock in Old Fireplace. I skippered private yachts in my 20s and did the same while in the Army cruising Tokyo Bay. I returned to the states as boatswain on a small 175 foot freighter standing the 4 to 8 watch enabling me to see every sunrise and sunset for the 28 day crossing. I have sailed the East Coast from Chesapeake Bay to Schoodic Point Maine.
4. I first arrived in Old Fireplace the summer of ’31 and have been here summers ever since retiring in ’96 to become a full time resident. Old Fireplace has been a touch-stone in my life.
5. I have lived my life on the edge of Gardners Bay and have explored the many harbors, ponds and bays on the East End. I know what keeps our waters healthy, I know what boats need in order to navigate our waters. If elected I will do my best to expedite the permit application process so that our residents can rest easier as storms approach.
Editor's Note: Hartjen has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.