That’s the philosophy of Marvin Jeffcoat, a US Army veteran-turned-concerned citizen with political ambitions.
As a conservative Republican, Jeffcoat ran for the State Senate last year, and has set up an exploratory committee to run for the City Council this year.
The Woodside resident said he’s been unhappy with the current crop of local elected officials.
“They exceed their constitutional scope,” Jeffcoat said.
If elected, Jeffcoat said he would embrace all of the citizens of his district and listen to everyone’s concerns. Among the issues he cares about are veterans affairs, public safety, education and economic prosperity.
“Those are big, tremendous gaps that aren’t being addressed,” he said.
Another issue Jeffcoat wants to address is homelessness. He said while he would treat the issue with compassion, he would also enforce the rule of law when necessary.
“When people act out, they’ve got to know there’s a rule of law and that they’ll be punished,” he said. “It’s this sense of lawlessness that pervades the city of New York that’s got to stop.”
But he also understands that there are root issues that cause homelessness, including drug addiction, abuse and an overall lack of trust in the system.
Jeffcoat wants all veterans to run for elected office or support other veterans who do.
“One thing we do have in common is our love and service to our country,” he said. “If we’re going to preserve that, we have to coalesce together and support each other.”
Though he knows registered Republicans are limited in the city, he said he’s used to being outnumbered.
“There are Democrats who feel like I do,” Jeffcoat said. “I want to reach out to them and let them know, with your help, we can turn this thing around.”