Letter to Editor
I have known Jennifer Jeram and her family for a few years now as they live a few doors down from me. She is one of those neighbors who takes the time to say, “Hello and how are you doing”. She cares about what is going on in the neighborhood and in her community. I have always known her to really listen to what you have to say.
I also have known her in a professional manner. The law firm that I work for has, over the course of many years, had several cases with the judge that she clerks for. She has always proven to be honest, fair and does the right thing. I believe that her commitment to the community, her years of experience working for the judicial system and her innovative ideas would make her a great judge for Clifton Park. For those reasons I would ask all my fellow Conservatives to vote Jennifer Jeram for Clifton Park Town Justice in the Primary on June 22.
My name is Jennifer Jeram and I am a candidate for Clifton Park Town Justice. I am writing to ask all members of the Conservative Party in Clifton Park to vote for me in the June 22 Primary for Clifton Park Town Justice.
By this time I have met most of you and to those who I have missed or not yet had the pleasure of meeting, I hope very much to meet you in the near future. I have been out every single day this month introducing myself to members of the Conservative Party as I believe it is so important for a candidate to take the time to meet with voters at their homes and answer their questions face to face.
My husband Dan and I have lived in Clifton Park since 2009 and we love this town. We love raising our three children here – some of whom you may have met as they have joined me on the campaign trail. As I have come to learn, campaigning is truly a family effort and I am so incredibly blessed to have the support of my family in this endeavor.
As I have said from the very beginning of my campaign, it is time for a change in Clifton Park Town Court. I have the utmost respect for my opponent – who has served as Town Justice since 1982 – but much has changed since then and we need someone new who can offer a fresh perspective; someone who can look at how things have been done and see if there is a better way to do them.
As an attorney who has worked for the New York State Court System for the past 15 years I am uniquely qualified to do that. I have dedicated my entire career to the timely and efficient administration of justice and once elected, I will hit the ground running.
I have several ideas to improve accessibility in Town Court, as well as to save costs. First, I hope to continue with virtual proceedings – even beyond the COVID era – as they allow individuals to participate who might otherwise have difficulty getting to the courthouse. They also save time and money for everyone involved.
I plan to explore the possibility of handling traffic tickets virtually, while of course preserving the option of appearing in person. Town Court is often the only experience people have with the court system and I see no reason why it should not be as convenient and user friendly as possible -- provided of course that justice is served and the rights of everyone protected.
I am also a certified mediator and hope to use these skills to help parties resolve their small claims disputes. Mediation helps save time and money and, in my experience, parties are much happier when they are able to reach a resolution themselves as opposed to when a judge decides the matter for them.
Town Court could also benefit from the viewpoint of a woman, and a mother. I would be so honored to be the first to offer that perspective. I care so deeply about my community, and much of that comes from my devotion to my children. I want them to grow up in a place where they feel secure, and where they can thrive. I want that for all the residents in this Town.
Finally, I would like to mention that while my opponent is campaigning as the “the Conservative Party’s endorsed candidate,” I have no idea what that endorsement is based on. I reached out to the Executive Committee of the Saratoga County Conservative Party this past February to request an interview and I never received a response. I had hoped to at least speak with them – I believe my qualifications and experience warranted at least that much.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration, and I hope very much for your support in the Primary on June 22, 2021.