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Hometown: Wantage. I have lived and worked in Wantage my entire life.
Family: I have been married for 24 years to my wife, Jill. We have three children, Hunter, 22, Lindsey, 21, Kelsey, 18. Both daughters are out of state attending college.
Education: High Point Regional High School Class of 1987
Occupation: Owner of Space Farms Zoo and Museum; Farmer; Owner of Extreme Pizza of Wantage, its first franchise in New Jersey; New Jersey state assemblyman.
Experience: I have served as an Assemblyman since 2013, serving on the Labor Committee and Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. I am a member of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (a network of legislators working together in demanding full cooperation among our federal, state and local governments in eliminating all economic attractions and incentives for illegal aliens, as well as securing our borders against unlawful invasion). I am the New Jersey Angling, Hunting, and Conservation Caucus Assembly Republican co-chairman. Sussex County freeholder from 2010 to 2013. Wantage Township committeeman from 2004 to 2010 and served three years as mayor.
Are you currently serving on a council, board or committee? Yes
I have been a Wantage Township volunteer firefighter for 28 years and served as chief. I also serve as the Republican State committeeman for Sussex County since 2009 and as a Sussex County Republican committeeman. Both are elected but volunteer positions.
Campaign website: www.district24taxpayerteam.com and Facebook at: www.facebook.com/orohospacewirths
List your top 3 issues and what you would do regarding each issue.
My top three issues are property tax relief (fair school funding), government regulation and combating illegal immigration.
1) The No. 1 issue we face in New Jersey is high property taxes. I am a sponsor of what is known as the Fair School Funding Formula Constitutional Amendment which will lower the biggest part of our property tax bill which is money to fund local education.
It is a simple constitutional amendment. All of the money that comes in from the state income tax and the small sales tax dedication that goes to the Property Tax Relief Fund is divided by the number of students and that is the per pupil state aid figure that goes to each school district.
No more special funding for urban districts at the expense of Sussex, Warren and Morris counties. And because it amends the State Constitution, it removes interference from the liberal State Supreme Court.
2) We need fewer regulations on businesses in order to keep them here or try to entice others to move to New Jersey. Our state is over-regulated. I have proposed legislation to fast track permits; remove barriers to economic growth in the Highlands; to prohibit new regulations on manufacturing facilities for 10 years; and to permanently prohibit COAH fees on new businesses.
3) Everyone has heard the phrase "illegal means illegal." I support E-Verify which would keep illegal workers from taking jobs from legal residents in the State. I oppose sanctuary cities and state Democrats' plan to make New Jersey a "sanctuary state." I have also authored a tough Voter ID bill to prevent voter fraud.
What else should we know?
I am the third generation to run our family business which started in 1927 (90th anniversary this year). I am a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of both the N.J. Farm Bureau and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). My running mates, Steve Oroho and Hal Wirths, and I are endorsed by the NFIB Save America's Free Enterprise Trust (NFIB SAFE Trust), the NRA Political Victory Fund and N.J. Right to Life State PAC. I love to shoot, hunt and ride my motorcycle and spend time with my wife and kids.
PARKER SPACE, REP., WANTAGE
Mr. Space was chosen Feb. 25, 2013 to fill an Assembly vacancy by
district Republican County Committee members and took the oath of
office on March 21. He was re-elected to the Assembly in 2013 and 2015.
Assemblyman Space sponsored a law that creates a pilot program in five
northern counties for greater sharing of government services as a property-tax containment measure. He sponsored the "New Jersey Rural Microenterprise Act" which enhances the ability of owners of preserved farmland to expand the economic activity taking place on that land.
He also sponsored two laws to protect unemployment and temporary disability insurance programs from individuals seeking benefits fraudulently. Measures he sponsored promoting the Farm to School program and allowing for taxpayer
contributions to the building of the Northern New Jersey Veterans
Memorial Cemetery were also signed into law.
He served on the Sussex County Freeholder Board from June 2010 until his taking the oath of office as an Assemblyman. He served on the Wantage Township Committee from 2004 to 2009 and was Mayor three times. He served on the board of directors for Sussex Rural Electric Co-op. He has been an active member of the Wantage Fire Department since 1989 and was the department’s chief in 2001 and 2002. He is also a life member of the National Rifle Association, the New Jersey Farm Bureau, the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. He is the Republican State Committeeman for Sussex County.
Assemblyman Space and his wife, Jill, married in 1993. They have three children: Hunter, Lindsey and Kelsey. They own and operate a family business, Space Farms Zoo and Museum, and an Extreme Pizza Restaurant, both in Wantage.
Current Member of
NJ Angling, Hunting and Conservation Caucus
State Legislators for Legal Immigration Coalition (SLLI)*
State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus
*State Legislators for Legal Immigration is a nation-wide coalition founded by Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl D. Metcalfe (R-Butler) to provide a network of state legislators who are committed to working together in demanding full cooperation among our federal, state and local governments in eliminating all economic attractions and incentives (including, but not limited to: public benefits, welfare, education and employment opportunities) for illegal aliens, as well as securing our borders against unlawful invasion.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) 100% voting record - 2016
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award – 2015
Americans For Prosperity (AFP) “Taxpayer Hero” Award for 2014-2015
Americans For Prosperity (AFP) “Defender of the Taxpayer” Award for 2013
American Conservative Union (ACU) Award for Conservative Excellence in 2015
American Conservative Union (ACU) Award for Conservative Excellence in 2016