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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Thursday, May 6, 2010

John to Attend African-American Affairs Commission 11th Annual Classic Awards

John will attend the State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission 11th Annual Classic Awards on Friday, May 7th beginning at 6:30 pm in the Atrium of the State Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

The Following Awards Will Be Presented:

Man of the Year: Dr. G. Duncan Harris, Dean of Student Affairs, Manchester Community College

Woman of the Year: Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Southern Connecticut State University.

Youths of the Year: Ayibatari Sikpi, Old Saybrook High School and Aaron Eaddy, Glastonbury High School.

Lifetime Achievement: Jane L. Givenhand-Glover, Founder, Kente' Cultural Center

Business and Economic Development: Keith Newton Tinker, Tinker Realty and Insurance, Inc.

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