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Editor's Voice: Why pick me as mayor? I want to serve the public

Posted 10/29/13



Approach any passerby on the street and ask them to define the word “politics.” Chances are, many will relate the word to crookedness, greed and conspiracy. Ask them to define “politician” and you are likely to …

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Editor's Voice: Why pick me as mayor? I want to serve the public


Critics of my campaign have focused on my relative newness to Middletown, having moved here in October 2010. In reality, the fact that I have not lived in Middletown my entire life is a great benefit. I have no allegiance to any person or group. The reverse is also true. I have no vendetta or ax to grind. Harboring bitterness will only result in political gridlock, and Middletown cannot afford to forego progress. I offer the most objective oversight of our local government and police department.

As mayor, one of my focuses will be to change the public’s perception of our police department. In my personal conversations with many residents, I have come to learn how poor the department’s reputation is.  This needs to change. Our police officers and first responders are the individuals we should trust most, as many times our very lives are in their hands. That being said, our officers should not be strangers. I will ensure they are visible and partake on foot patrols. It goes without saying that greater presence will result in decreased crime and increased confidence.

Middletown is the oldest town in Dauphin County. Certainly, this is something to be proud of. It must be noted, however, that Middletown’s future goes hand-in-hand with its ability to grow and take advantage of currently untapped resources.

Penn State, a college scheduled to grow by 5,000 students over the next few years, is one such resource. The college is here to stay and Middletown has two choices: It can take advantage of the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with a prestigious school, or watch as neighboring communities do. As mayor, I will strive to develop a relationship with the college and think outside the box in terms of overall communal growth. 

Over the past six months, I have attempted to personally introduce myself to as many citizens as possible. To those I have had the pleasure of meeting, and to those I have yet to meet, please allow the foregoing to serve as my promise and pledge to you and our community.

When you enter the polls on Nov. 5 and the curtain closes behind you, don’t choose the name you know best.  Choose the name that’s best for the job.

I thank you in advance for your consideration and look forward to a bright future. You can contact me on my cell phone at 610-533-4751 and by e-mail at


                                                                                                         James H. Curry III


(The writer is the Democratic candidate for mayor of Middletown.)