2018 Republican Candidates

Paul Dilks

Candidate for Congress

Paul grew up in Gloucester City in South Jersey 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. Paul attended High School at Baptist High School in Haddon Heights and attended College at Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in business management.

Paul will be celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary in 2018 with his wife, Michele. Michele is a CPA who works for an accounting firm in Voorhees. Paul and Michele, for the first ten years of their marriage, lived in Bellmawr then moved to Washington Township where they currently reside. Paul’s son, Kenny is in his first year at Rowan University in Glassboro and intends to major in Music Education. His daughter Allison is a student at Washington Township High School.

Paul is a former radio personality on The Big Talker 1210, WNJC 1360, WWDB 860, and 920 The Voice. He is an active member of the community serving in the Washington Township Rotary and Knights of Columbus. He is also the Coordinator for the Kathy Megee Memorial Holiday Meals program. The program prepares and delivers 400 meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter to the elderly, disabled, shut in, and those in need throughout Gloucester County. He was recently recognized in for his community involvement is the Washington Township Neighbors magazine and was also in 2015 South Jersey Magazine’s “Men of the Year” publication. Paul volunteers 200 hours each year and believes there is nothing that lifts up a community more than giving back to it. Paul has more than 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry and is currently working for Investors Bank in their reverse mortgage department.

Nicholas Kush

Candidate for 5th District Assembly

Nick Kush resides in Runnemede with his wife Laurie. He has five adult children and several grandchildren. Nick was a member of Teamsters Local 676 for 27 years as the shipper/receiver at the Wonderbread/Hostess depot in Bellmawr. Retirement wasn’t affordable, forcing Nick to spend another 12 years working in the Gloucester Township Public Schools as a member of the Gloucester Township Support Professional Union.

Nick knows how hard it can be to make ends meet. That’s why, if elected, he’ll go to Trenton and fight against Governor Murphy’s ridiculous tax increases. He’ll work to lower our taxes and create good-paying jobs so hardworking families have better opportunities.

Keith Cybulski

Candidate for Camden County Freeholder

Keith Cybulski was employed by Sears Holdings for over 40 years, until his retirement. He served as a store operations manager in a $30 million store for over four years where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store. In 2007 Keith was promoted to Construction Project Specialist working out of Chicago and assigned to the Northeast region, where he was assigned from one to as many as six stores to oversee the day-to-day operations of all construction contractors and store personnel for each stores’ project.

Keith was a volunteer firefighter for East Clementon Welfare Fire Company for over 10 years, eventually serving as President and Captain. Keith also served two years with the Clementon Ambulance Squad and served two terms on the Clementon Zoning Board and the Board of Health.

 

 

Claire Gustafson

Candidate for Camden County Freeholder

Claire Henline Gustafson comes from a multi-generational New Jersey family with roots in the Garden State that pre-date the Revolutionary War. Claire was born at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey to the former Margaret Carpenter, a Union County native, and Clair G. Henline, an officer in the United States Army and veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. A resident of Collingswood since the 1980’s, Claire is married to Roy Gustafson. Together they have five children and ten grandchildren.

Claire spent a majority of her youth in Washington, D.C. where her father was assigned to the Pentagon. Claire’s experience growing up in a military family, which included both her two brothers and several brothers-in-law serving in the Armed Forces, has made her an ardent supporter of our men and women in uniform. She is extremely proud of her eldest brother, a war veteran and career Army officer who died in honorable service to his country.

Claire attended Hardy Elementary and Gordon Junior High School in the District of Columbia. Her freshman and sophomore years were spent at Octavia High School in her father’s hometown of Colfax, Illinois where she was elected to student government both years. She completed course work at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland. While in high school, Claire started her long time recreational coaching career with the Catholic Youth Organization in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, Claire was accepted into Marjorie Webster College where she pursued a degree in retail merchandising. An avid athlete, she led her college field hockey team to an undefeated season in 1970 and was selected for the All-East Coast Women’s Field Hockey Team. Claire actively participated in student government throughout her educational career and was on the Board of Trustees at Connolly. Her interest and passion for school governance and education only increased as she raised her children and became a member of the local school board and helped with youth sports leagues in her borough.

Claire has had a long and successful career in retail and children’s clothing. She possesses a keen acumen for business, financial management, and customer service. Her merchandising career highlights include owning The Tree House children’s store, working in independent sales, serving as a clothing representative for Selbst/Gustafson and Associates, and now being president of her own clothing distributor, Gus 4 Kids. Her adept budgetary and organizational skills as well as her ability to form savvy business partnerships have benefitted her borough greatly. She has been actively involved in organizing community events that promote awareness for causes, spur civic pride, and celebrate family.

Claire’s firm basis for success is founded in her strong love of family and neighbors. The fifth of eight children, she is happiest amongst her large brood of siblings, nieces, nephews, children, and grandchildren, who share in her wit, wisdom, creativity, and love of country.