Ed attended Montville Township High School and put himself through Rutgers University to earn a Bachelor's of Arts in Chemistry and a Masters of Education. In college, he worked as a Resident Adviser and Residence Counselor for Residence Life. He served as Master Electrician at the Cabaret Theatre, director of Into the Woods, and Man of La Mancha with Rutgers College Program Council, and was President of the Rutgers University Glee Club. He taught chemistry at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, New Jersey and lectured at Rutgers University for over a decade.
Ed also directed the Spring Musical at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School. He raised $93,000 through partnerships with local industry to develop innovative science lessons, fund independent research projects, support mentoring programs and modernize education technology across the school district. Working on behalf of struggling New Jersey families, Potosnak worked with local businesses to establish need-based scholarships to allow students to participate in extra-curricular activities. He also partnered with local scientific, biotechnology, and technology companies to bridge the gap between classroom curriculum and the skills needed in industry to solve real world challenges.
He was awarded the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship for math and science teachers. The fellowship is intended to provide an opportunity for teachers to utilize their classroom experience to shape Federal policy in Washington D.C. In his time as an Einstein Fellow, Potosnak worked on education policy in the Office of Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). After two consecutive Einstein Fellowships, Potosnak served briefly as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Honda (D-CA).
The 7th District covers parts of four counties and 54 municipalities. I grew up in the district, in Clark, New Jersey.
Ed has earned several important endorsements from New Jersey officials, including Mayor David Wright of Winfield, Mayor Colleen Mahr of Fanwood, Assemblyman Jerry Green, Assemblywoman Linda Stender (who ran for this position in 2008), Senator Raymond Lesniak (a long-time power broker in New Jersey), Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano.
Many organizations have endorsed him, including the National Organization for Women, Democracy for America, Moveon.org, Blue America PAC, the Democratic Advancement Political Action Committee, the Progressive Congressional Campaign Committee, Democrats 2000 and Citizen Action.
Rep. Lance himself has a poor political record on the number one issue facing politicians today: jobs. Lance spoke a mere 59 seconds about jobs on the floor of the House during his two years in Congress.
"The House floor is where Members of Congress go to speak about what matters most to them. The Congressman spoke more about dogs than he did about jobs in the last two years."
And here's what Ed said in response to Rep. Lance's assertion that we shouldn't repeal DADT now: