Hi, I am Jason Zuckerman, a candidate for a Mandeville City Council at Large seat. I’m also a dad. An Architect. A sailor. A neighbor.
My daughter Sarah is the youngest – She is an excellent dancer and an even more amazing student and daughter. She’s a student at Mary Queen of Peace school in Mandeville and will be attending St. Scholastica Academy next year. I love this girl so much!!!
Danny is our middle child and a senior at St Paul’s High School in Covington. He has played football his entire time at St. Paul’s and is currently enjoying his last season and year at St. Paul’s before he heads off to college. His athletic achievements while impressive are surpassed by his academic achievements. He currently has offers of academic scholarships from numerous schools and is in the decision making process of where he will start his journey to becoming a doctor. I’m so proud of this kid!!!
Curtis also graduated from St Paul’s in 2018, spent a year at LSU, has begun his journey towards priesthood at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska. I am so very proud of the man he has become and the life of service Curtis has chosen. With a little luck and seven years of work on his part I may actually get to call my son…Father.
I studied architecture at Tulane and graduated in 1993 and received my Master of Architecture in 2004. I’ve been practicing Architecture my entire adult life but early in my career I chose to enter the construction side of the business and have been involved in some of the largest and most complicated projects in New Orleans over the past twenty years. I’m currently Vice President with the McDonnel Group Construction Services in Metairie, the company I have been with for the past twenty years.
College is what drew me hereto New Orleans and I chose to stay here. When I graduated, I moved immediately to Mandeville (1993) and I’ve been here ever since. I was mostly drawn to the small town community feel and just felt it would be a great place to raise a family. I wasn’t wrong. I was immediately hooked, rented for a few years and then designed and built my first house here in 1996. – I’ve stayed in this area for my whole career and I will retire here. It’s been an amazing place to raise a family and I want to do what I can to afford my kids to have the same opportunity to enjoy the Mandeville way of life and raise their families here.
I’ve been a member of the American Institute of Architects for the past 25 years. I love being an architect…and my experience in design leads me to appreciate the aesthetic we have in Mandeville. It seems simple but its very complex. There’s a lot to what makes Mandeville what it is. My years of training as an architect at Tulane any my 25 years in design and construction have taught me to understand what defines a space, a place. And I’ve learned how even seeming insignificant decisions can dramatically change the character of a place. This city needs our protection and guidance to build smart, prevent low quality suburban sprawl, and protect property values. We can continue to grow and, if managed wisely, we won’t have to sacrifice our natural beauty or quality of life along the way.
I’ve just recently designed and built what I hope is my home in Old Mandeville… a home for hopefully many years to come. I want to help my children and others make their home here as well and enjoy the same life I have been so fortunate to enjoy for many years to come. I love Mandeville and I’m willing to serve our community and I’m absolutely committed to protecting the heart of Mandeville.
I’ve always been drawn to the water but for most of my adult life I’ve been too busy working and raising my children. I’m actually relatively new to sailing – I bought my first sailboat about five years ago. Thanks to my brother and some wonderful friends I’ve met in Old Mandeville I’ve learned a lot. I love to sail and the feeling I get on the water is unlike anything else I know. The connection Mandeville has with the water is historic – and special. There is no other city in Louisiana like ours. We need to cherish and protect our access to the lake.
My kids sail are sailors too. They love being out as much as I do. We all have our tasks and responsibilities around the boat, especially my oldest son, Curtis, who I refer to as the fiddler because he can’t stop trimming sails and adjusting lines for more than 10 seconds. My best days on the water are when one or more of my kids are with me.