"South Jersey needs a leader, not a boss."
Republican Congressional Candidate 1st District
TURNERSVILLE, NJ (CNBNewsnet) – Paul Dilks, former radio personality on The Big Talker 1210, WNJC 1360, WWDB 860, and 920 The Voice, today announced he will seek the nomination of the Republican Party for New Jersey's 1st Congressional District. Dilks steps into his campaign with endorsements from the Republican Party county chairs of Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties among others.
Dilks, a resident of Washington Township for more than 15 years, has a plan for more aggressive growth and success for South Jersey.
He was born and raised in the city of Gloucester City. His parents, Bill and Jaunice Dilks still reside in the City. His father Bill, is a local attorney whose office is on South Broadway across from the Post Office. His brother Bill is the pastor of the Highland Park Church of God, Market Street and Baynes Avenue.
“Hope and optimism for the future is waning as stagnant growth and opportunities have turned into despair for many individuals looking for a light at the end of the tunnel," said Dilks. "The current political environment is making matters worse as incumbents look to protect their own interests while many working families struggle in South Jersey ― many living paycheck to paycheck without any optimism for the future. It’s for this reason I am moved to represent the people of South Jersey. South Jersey deserves a leader and not a boss."
Dilks has seen the South Jersey landscape change a great deal. He has a vision and a plan for South Jersey. “I think it’s critical to spur economic development and growth, “ said Dilks. “It’s something that’s been lacking in South Jersey for more than a decade. My roots take me back to the blue-collar town of Gloucester City where I grew up and came to know that with a good work ethic, you can accomplish anything. Back then, small town living was a place where your neighbors were an extension of your family and everyone got along.”
Dilks added, "The uniqueness of South Jersey is that we're well positioned between New York City and Washington, DC and a stone's throw away from Philadelphia so there's no reason why we can achieve a significant amount of economic success if we work together as a community.”
Dilks has spent some time speaking with people in the District and he notes, “Many South Jersey have come very disgruntled with the ‘Norcross machine’ and draining the swamp will not enough in South Jersey, we need to dredge the sludge. Everyone is South Jersey knows what a good dredging does.”
Dilks also understands it's going to take a grass roots effort and a lot of fundraising to take down the machine and looks forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of the district.
“I am proud to endorse Paul Dilks as our candidate for US Congress in the 1st Congressional District,” said Gloucester County
Republican Party Chairman Jim Philbin. “Paul will be a true asset to the residents of New Jersey because of his incredible work
ethic, selfless attitude and his unwavering commitment and dedication in all that he does throughout his personal and
“We’re excited to have Paul Dilks, a person with great integrity, who gives back in so many ways, running to represent
Washington Township and the District,” said Peter Del Borrello, president of the Washington Township GOP. “Over the years,
Paul has given a significant amount of his personal time to public service. He is a leader with strong values, good vision and
one who is bold enough to get things done for South Jersey.”
"We're confident Paul will represent the Republican Party earnestly and effectively in his campaign to provide the people of
the 1st District the representation they deserve," added Rich Ambrosino, Camden County Republican Committee Chairman.
Paul's Plan for New Jersey:
The proposal of a new convention center in South Jersey
Working with the county Chambers of Commerce to create a major campaign that promotes South Jersey as a
outstanding location for new commerce and industry resulting in job growth
The extension of PATCO to Glassboro
Major support of the continued growth of Rowan University and it's adjacent communities
Bringing a taste of the arts to the District
Work with labor to bring back and promote vocational schools for high school students who do not wish to attend college but still want to enter the workforce with viable employment.
Create more opportunities in the tech industry across Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties.
Work with community colleges to implement fast track training for careers in advanced industries such as health
services, life sciences, financial services, construction, information technology, manufacturing and construction.
Adequately address the opioid crisis by providing appropriate services and treatment facilities
Work with Congress to adopt new strategies to enact changes that will make the Affordable Care Act a better
alternative for people of all income levels to access quality care at affordable rates.
Community Service & Faith Based:
Start a civil service organization in South Jersey asking local businesses to give back...if you are contractor in the region; give one job per year to someone in need.
Work with Non-Profits and Faith based organizations to coordinate and assist those in need. Immigration Reform:
Support DACA reform with a pathway for citizenship for those who have been in the country ten years or more, providing: they have no criminal record, pay a applications fee, have been paying taxes if they've been working and build in a requirement that they work 40 hours of community service a year to be better assimilated into our communities.
Building a wall may not be the most economic use of resources. It may be only a symbolic gesture. Through the use of drones, technology, and increased border security. We may have a more effective outcome.
About Paul Dilks: Paul Dilks (photo) has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry and currently works for Investors Bank. From 2013 to 2017, he was a popular radio personality. Dilks is a passionate, active member of the community, volunteering more than 200 hours a year because he believes there is nothing that lifts up a community better than giving back. Dilks is currently serving with the Washington Township Rotary Club and the Knights of Columbus. Dilks is also the coordinator for Kathy Megee Memorial Holiday Meals, a program which prepares and delivers 400 meals throughout Gloucester County on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter to the elderly, disabled, shut in, and those in need. He was recently recognized for his community involvement in the Washington Township Neighbors magazine and in 2015, he was also recognized as one of South Jersey Magazine's 'Men of the Year'. Over the years, Dilks has been involved with the Alzheimer's Association, the Camden County Animal Shelter where he helps promote pet adoption. Additionally, he has volunteered as a soccer, basketball, baseball, and basketball coach.
Paul grew up in Gloucester City, a blue-collar town and was taught the value of a good work ethic. His parents, Bill and Jaunice Dilks have made Gloucester their home for more than 60 years. They instilled in Paul the value of having God in his life and having Him guide all decisions. Paul attended Baptist High School in Haddon Heights and college at Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in business management. Paul is married and has two children. He is the happy owner of Patches, a dog he rescued from a local animal shelter.