About Jerry Northington
Jerry Northington is not a professional politician, yet he embodies many of the qualities we would like to see in our leaders. When asked to serve his country, he went to Vietnam and joined the 4th Infantry Division as a communications chief in an infantry company as they patrolled the Central Highlands. He saw first hand the devastation that war brings to both the soldier and the civilian. He learned that fallen troops are not just statistics, but real people with friends, families, and communities that will bear the scars of loss years after the war is over.
Like his father, Jerry went on to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, and was asked to teach neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine for four years. He eventually helped to establish a veterinary specialty hospital, and continues his practice as a veterinarian with a practice limited to neurology.
As a scientist and healthcare professional, Jerry has had to develop listening, problem-solving, case management and other skills. As a small businessman, he has had to learn how to stretch a dollar and keep good records. As a teacher, he has learned to communicate and motivate others to work toward a goal.
Jerry is married and has a grown son and a teenage stepdaughter. He and his wife Suzanne enjoy gardening and playing and singing the old-time music of the Appalachian mountains together.
Jerry is a lifelong Democrat and a blogger on Daily Kos and several other political blog-sites, writing under the name "possum." Not content to advocate peace without actively doing something about it, he also is an active member of Delaware Pacem in Terris and participates in weekly vigils against the war. His letters to the editor have been published frequently in the Wilmington-based News Journal.
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