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In many ways, Jim’s childhood shaped his current political and free-market economic perspectives. Growing up in a modest household amidst an affluent community, Jim learned of Adams’ vision of the American Dream…
“that life should be better, richer and fuller for every man, according to ability or achievement” – James Adams
Jim’s life has been a testament that the American Dream has not faded and is alive and well!
Both of his parents dedicated their lives teaching children in the south Florida public school systems. Jim’s mom, “Mrs. Kitch” was everyone’s favorite 4th grade teacher and his father taught science at the local middle school for 25 years. To earn spending money, Jim worked hard as a busboy at a Senior Center, delivered newspapers, collected Coke bottles and mowed neighbors’ yards.
At an early age Jim showed an interest in politics. At 17 years old, while his high school friends were skateboarding or at the beach, Jim was serving on his town’s Community Relations Board and attending City Council meetings. He took a graduate level course in political science at Florida Atlantic University and real estate classes in the evenings.