We are facing huge long-term problems: a real unemployment rate of 18%, dysfunctional banks that are "too big to fail", a regressive tax structure that's stifling economic growth, prisons that are bursting at the seams, urban schools that are struggling, a health care system that still needs major reform, the lack of a coherent national energy policy that will protect our economy and the environment, and a government that has been encroaching on our civil liberties. For decades we have lived with irresponsible public policies from career politicians in Congress who care more about increasing their party’s power and getting re-elected than they care about solving long-term problems. They haven’t been honest with us, and they have been lousy public servants.

I’m different. I do not want to be a career politician. I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I’m a Problem Solver. I want to force members of Congress to be responsible, and implement sustainable solutions to real problems. Please read the positions I present on this website, and spread the word to friends and family.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

U.S. Senate Candidate John Mertens Participating in 2010 Urban Issues Forum

U.S. Senate candidate John Mertens will participate in the “2010 Urban Issues Forum” at the Connecticut State Legislative Office Building (LOB) on Saturday, April 24. This forum offers Elected Officials and Candidates running for office the opportunity to meet “face to face” with concerned citizens for an “interactive dialogue session” on issues affecting communities throughout Connecticut. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can register at:
The event runs from 9am-1:30pm, in Room 2-C of the CT State Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford, Connecticut.

9:00 A.M. Breakfast Reception: Meet and Greet with Elected Officials & Candidates
10:00 A.M. Presentations and Audience Q-and-A Session
12:00 P.M. Networking Break and Lunch
1:00 P.M. Wrap up Panel Discussion and Participant Recommendation Session
Candidates and elected officials will be on hand to answer questions and to listen to your concerns.

Sponsors of the event include The CT Health Foundation, Inc., the Commission on Children, the State of CT Office of Protection and Advocacy, the CT Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, the Black and Latino Caucus, the African American Affairs Commission , the Foundation for Educational Advancement, Inc., African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP), Sojourner Women’s Political Institute, CT Federation of Black Democratic Clubs, CT Commission on Health Equity, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and the Connecticut Branches of the NAACP.

Please support our efforts! We will gladly take any amount. You can donate here, or send a check made out to "John Mertens for U.S. Senate" to the address below. The maximum contribution per individual is $2,400. For donations of more than $50, federal law requires that you provide your name and address. For contributions above $200, you must also provide your profession and employer name. Thank you!

John Mertens for U.S. Senate
P.O. Box 330452
West Hartford, CT 06133-0452