Auburn mayoral candidate to use to connect with citizens

Scot Pondelick plans to build partnerships between private and public groups within the Auburn community.
Scot Pondelick plans to build partnerships between private and public groups within the Auburn community. 'These partnerships would fill the cracks that some people fall through,' said the mayoral candidate.
— image credit: Reporter file photo (JAC) announced today that Iraq War veteran and Auburn mayoral candidate Scot Pondelick is the latest citizen to support principles over partisanship by utilizing JAC for his campaign's staffing, volunteer and outreach needs.

The 28-year-old Auburn man said his sense of community and passion for serving others fueled his desire to become a public servant.

"The need to help my fellow citizens is what drove me to politics," said Pondelick, who served as a sergeant in the Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit of the U.S. Army and fulfilled three tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"In a political position I could help create partnerships between private and public groups in our community. These partnerships would fill the cracks that some people fall through. By working together we can make our communities, our states and our country, better for all," Pondelick said.

According to the website, JAC is a new, easy-to-use, political matchmaking platform, networking and job board. By organizing efforts from the grassroots, JAC connects like-minded individuals looking to serve their communities. Pondelick plans to use JAC to recruit campaign staff, connect with vendors and to build authentic relationships with supporters and is excited that JAC provides him the opportunity to speak directly with constituents about issues that concern them.

"With, you can contact and talk to the candidates directly, then you can understand who they really are. After talking to a candidate, you will understand that they are someone trying to do something good for their constituents," Pondelick said.

JAC publicizes a belief that a difference of opinion doesn't mean a difference in common principles. It states that it is the first politically non-partisan site that makes the road between ideals and action clearer to see.

JAC founder Mark DeFlorio said that JAC is focused on restoring positivity to politics and is actively seeking to highlight citizens who model the qualities of principle over partisanship, action over entrenchment.

According to DeFlorio, citizens are feeling frustration toward the nation's political atmosphere and process.

"We present the public with a nonpartisan, political website that aims for the top of politics, not the bottom of it. The people deserve the chance to make a difference in their community. They deserve a chance to serve and be heard. For this reason, we choose political candidates and other citizens to highlight on our website who embody the principles that make our nation great. Sgt. Scot Pondelick is new to politics, but not new to service. He deserves every chance to be competitive."

To read the full interview with Pondelick and for more information about his campaign, visit or visit his campaign Facebook at

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