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A look at congressional candidate Tom MacArthur

5-3-14

NAME: Tom MacArthur

AGE: 53

GREW UP: Hebron, Connecticut

FAMILY: Married with an adult son and a daughter in high school. Another daughter died in 1996 when she was 11.

RESIDENCE: Toms River. Also owns homes in Randolph and Barnegat Light.

POLITICAL EXPERINCE: Served on Randolph Township Council from 2011 through 2013, including stint as mayor in 2013.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University.

OCCUPATION: Retired after 28 years in the insurance industry, including 11 as chairman and CEO of York Risk Services Group.

NOTABLE: His family foundation has donated more than 1,600 wheelchairs to children around the world in memory of his late daughter, Gracie.

ON THE ISSUES: Wants to make the federal income tax flatter, preserve Social Security and Medicare and replace President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul with a new system that includes limiting malpractice lawsuits and possibly using an insurer of last resort for people without coverage. Wants to protect Barnegat Bay and the Pinelands.

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: http://www.tmac4congress.com/about/

CAMPAIGN CASH: By March’s end, he had contributed $2 million to his campaign and raised $1,075 in donations. He had $1.7 million on hand.