Young farmer running for county commissioner

WANTAGE. Jack DeGroot, 24, plans to compete in the Republican primary.

| 13 Feb 2023 | 12:11

Jack DeGroot, 24, of Wantage has announced his campaign for a seat on the Board of County Commissioners.

He is running as a Republican.

DeGroot, a farmer and graduate student, has lived in Sussex County for most of his life. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Wantage.

“From a young age, I learned the value of hard work by helping my father with various tasks on the farm like stacking hay, feeding calves and growing produce,” he said.

“This experience instilled in me a strong work ethic and ambition, which I apply not only at my produce stand, but also in my involvement at Frankford Plains United Methodist Church, as well as in my roles as a student, 4-H member, college basketball player, teaching assistant, adjunct professor, and intern for the Office of New Hampshire Governor Christopher T. Sununu.”

By working at his produce stand, DeGroot “gained a deep understanding of the concerns of Sussex County residents, such as affordability, growth and development; community government disconnect; and a perceived disconnection from traditional values and Republican principles among my generation and the next,” he said.

“I am dedicated to tackling these issues directly and believe in responsible, limited government that prioritizes people. A correctly balanced county budget is essential for a strong and growing economy, and I strive to protect taxpayer dollars, ensuring every penny is spent wisely and efficiently.”

DeGroot graduated from High Point Regional High School in 2017 and received a bachelor’s degree in math and finance from Marywood University. He is working on a master’s degree in statistics from the University of New Hampshire.

He cited his experience working in state government, conducting policy research, analyzing pending legislation and “learning budgeting strategies from the nation’s most financially responsible governor.”

“As a leader for the next generation of Republicans in our community, I want to assure previous generations that Sussex County will be in good hands and ensure that future generations will have the same opportunities I had growing up.”

He promised regular engagement and communication with both residents and local officials.

“I have a deep love for Sussex County and consider it not just my home but our shared home. I believe that with motivated and inspired individuals, like myself, government and politics can be positive and productive and be something where you can truly get tasks done. Sussex County needs leadership that brings the very best in people and inspires everyone in a positive way.”

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