Joe Allen grew up right down the road from Gloucester Township in Pine Hill. He’s a graduate of Camden County Technical School’s Gloucester Township campus where he studied Automotive Technology. After a few years in the automotive field, Joe made a career change and started working in Information Systems. Over the last 20 years Joe has worked with investment companies, law firms, retails stores, and small businesses. As a Systems Engineer, not only does Joe find solutions to problems but he helps companies fulfill their needs through the use of technology.
Joe’s career led him away from NJ in 2006 and into central Pennsylvania. The move to central Pennsylvania would forever change his views on New Jersey’s government efficiency. His new town had better roads, good schools at a third of the cost in property taxes. After spending 10 years away, Joe would move back to New Jersey and into Gloucester Township to be close to the rest of his family. In 2018 it became evident that GT was on a path to tax residents right out of town.
Joe is running for council because he knows that sitting in the audience isn’t going to change anything. What he’s witnessed in tax increases, council seat changes, school board meetings, and questionable land sales made him very aware that the only way to change it would be from the inside. Joe has no political experience but knows voting YES to everything brought before the council isn’t serving the community. He plans to take an analytical approach to everything, ask questions and listen to the community as an elected member of council should. Outside of just being a responsible and transparent council member, Joe has worked as part of the team that developed the RestoreGT Platform.
Here is the Patch.com profile submitted by Joe Allen.
Age (as of Election Day)
I live with my fiancé’ Stacy and our two dogs.
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
Camden County Technical – Automotive Technology
Gloucester County College – Automotive Technology (Ford ASSET)
Computer Learning Center – Novell Certified Engineer
Camden County College – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Harrisburg Area Community College – Cisco Certified Network Engineer
I have been a Systems Engineer & Consultant for the last 21 years. I have worked in Information Systems for insurance, medical, retail, government, construction, logistics, financial and legal companies.
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office
Why are you seeking elective office?
I spent a lot of time complaining about how our township was managed and the direction it was going. Talk is cheap and it does not produce results. I feel the only way anything is going to change is if I changed it myself.
The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
The answer everyone is going to say is TAXES. Taxes are just a result of the problem that we have here. The single most pressing issue we have here is proper representation. If we had good representation our taxes would be stable, our small businesses would thrive and people wouldn’t be discouraged to be more involved.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
There are 9 people seeking 3 council seats. 3 of them hold seats today, and they’ve failed to represent us. They are backed by a powerful political party and have the help of a low voter turnout, and that’s why they remain in office.
The other 3 candidates from the Republican Party seem like they have good intentions, but my team has been fighting this battle for years. I trust myself and my team to get the job done more than I do anyone else.
If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)
As I mentioned before, they’ve failed to represent the majority of the people in this township. They’ve also been notoriously hard to work with when it comes to working with businesses interested in Gloucester Township. No one wants a township full of chain restaurants and dollar stores, but those are the only organizations that have the time and money to deal with our politics.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
You’ll want to go to RestoreGT.com to get the full breakdown of our platform, but in summary our 3 focus points are:
- Transparency and Account
- Business and Community Development
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
As a Technology Consultant, I’ve worked with a lot of small businesses. That experience has taught me a great deal about the needs of a lot of many different professions. It also taught me how to communicate and most importantly listen to people.
The analytical side of my profession has also taught me to look at many different angles to each challenge I face. I’ve made quick decisions before, and sometimes they work, but sometimes they don’t, and that’s when you learn to take a better approach the next time.
Also, I have no previous political experience, and therefore I’m just another resident who’s trying the best he can to represent his neighbors.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
The people who constantly strive to better themselves often have Imposter Syndrome. Understanding that helped me realize my doubt was just myself setting new goals.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I am running as an independent candidate because I want people to know that my team and I aren’t held to follow any political parties’ orders. We are running to represent our neighbors and no one else. People in GT should vote for my team because of what we represent, not what party they want to see win.