Future Majority Friday Candidate: Ileana Schirmer

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What inspired you to run for public office? 
My true answer that comes right from my gut, I am sick and tired of elected officials in our State government mismanaging our monies.  Sick and tired of it!  They do it with no accountability.  New Jersey is in terrible shape and the elected officials who have been in office for years and have helped to create the problems we have, have the audacity to run for re-election as if by some miracle they are going to be able to fix the problems they created.   They take us for fools.  I am a fighter, not one to shy away from a fight and I am certainly not easily intimidated.  I guess you can say, I like a challenge.
When AND WHY did you first begin to identify as a Republican?  
My family immigrated from Cuba, my father has always told me that he felt he aligned with the Republican party.
He left communist Cuba because the lack of personal and economic freedoms. He likes small government, economic freedom and believes in personal responsibilities.  At almost 80 years old, he still feels that way.  I align with those same values.
If elected what do you see as being your top legislative priorities? 
  • Working to make New Jersey more affordable.  That starts with our state budget and looking at where we have mismanaged our monies and where we, simply put, are wasting monies.  The habit of taking monies from one account to fill another account has to stop.  Prioritizing spending and projects are an absolute must.
  • Making New Jersey affordable starts with reducing the tax burden, reforming the school funding system, and looking at ways to make health care affordable.  You can’t do any of that if our monies are not managed and prioritized appropriately.
  • Helping to make NJ business friendly.  Small businesses are drivers of the economy and job creation.  We need economic policies that allow for growth and reduces the financial and regulatory burdens.
What is an issue you are hearing about from voters that you don’t think the media is talking enough about?
 The number one thing I hear at the doors when I am door knocking is “when my son/daughter graduates high school, we are moving out of NJ.”  Property taxes are the driving force in their decisions to leave.  Out-migration is a huge problem because we are losing talented workforce and college graduates cannot afford to stay so they look at more affordable states.
When you are not campaigning what else do you like to do in your free time?
I really enjoy spending time with my family especially my children, I have so much fun with them.  My daughter is 20 and my son is 13.  I do make time for running, it keeps me in shape

physically and mentally. I wish I had more time to read biographies and watch more shows about history.

If you could go back in time to any historical moment what would it be and why?
I would go back to the time of President Lincoln. That was a pivotal point in our history and I wonder what it would have been like to live during those times.

What app on your phone would you not be able to live without?
I’m not a big techy and can’t stand seeing people glued to their phones. The one app I visit the most is Facebook. It’s a great way to get a feel for what is happening in your community and surrounding communities. Many times you find something out on Facebook before it makes the news.


Ileana Schirmer is running for New Jersey’s 14th Senate district.