Hometown: Marlton, NJ
Occupation: Trial Attorney – Employment Law
Top 3 Issues: School funding; property tax relief; infrastructure
Free-time activity: My wife and I are the proud parents of a 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter, so I find that in my free time, my hobbies are her hobbies. These days that means Disney movies, dolls, and dress-up.
Social Media: Facebook
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My name is Mark Natale and I am running for the General Assembly in the 8th Legislative District.
I moved to the 8th District during a pivotal moment of my life. My wife and I started looking for houses right when we found out that we were expecting our daughter. We knew we weren't just picking a home for us, we were picking a community to raise our daughter in.
We were drawn to our district for the same reasons so many have chosen to live here - the vibrant communities, the welcoming neighbors, the strong schools, and the idea that this is a place where you can raise a family. We love the community that we moved to, but it wasn't long before I began to worry about the future.
I want the future of the 8th District to be one that compels my daughter to start her family here. I want the 8th district to be a strong community, with great schools, a vibrant local economy, and a great place to raise a family for the next generation. Shortly after moving here, it became clear that for this future to become a reality, our district needs new voices in Trenton.
Our district needs representatives who are committed to a politics of purpose, a politics of ensuring that every day we are listening to the needs of our neighbors and their demands for a more affordable South Jersey. We need good-paying jobs for middle-class families and the ability to attract new businesses to our region. The challenges we face are too great, and the stakes are too high to settle for business as usual.
Our district needs representatives working to repair the school funding formula which has cut funding from our schools, hurting our children's education. It’s time we elect people who will fight for our fair share of state funding.
Our district needs representatives committed to providing property tax relief for seniors and working families, who chose to make South Jersey their home and are at risk of being priced out of our homes.
We need to fix our infrastructure issues, which has been allowed to fall by the wayside into disrepair because of the incumbent state legislators’ neglect.
Our district needs representatives committed to lowering healthcare costs because nobody should have to choose between paying for a prescription and paying their bills.
And finally, we need to fight to ensure that women in the workforce are guaranteed the same compensation and treatment as men because I don’t want my daughter to grow up in a world in which she makes less than a man for doing the same job.
More than anything - the residents of our district need an advocate willing to speak up for them, put politics aside, and put their interests first.
My life's work is representing working men and women in courtrooms all across the state. I know what it's like to be the voice for working-class New Jerseyans whose future seems uncertain. I'm not in this election for political grandstanding or the latest partisan squabble. I'm in this race because I don't want my advocacy for working men and women to end in the courtroom, I want to bring it to Trenton.
I'm running because the future of our district is at stake, and families like mine need someone willing to fight for them.