Jack Kerouac relative running for political office in Connecticut

A.J. Kerouac wants to be first selectman of Brooklyn

FILE - In this 1967 file photo, author Jack Kerouac is shown in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/Stanley Twardowicz, File)

BROOKLYN, Conn. (AP) — A relative of late Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac is running for political office in a small Connecticut town.

A.J. Kerouac is running for first selectman in Brooklyn, a town with a population of about 8,200 in the rural northeastern area of the state known as the Quiet Corner.

The 30-year-old real estate agent tells The Connecticut Post his grandfather was a cousin of Jack Kerouac’s father. Jack Kerouac was from Lowell, Massachusetts, about 65 miles away.

The former Republican says he’s not affiliated with any political party. He says he’s running to counter the “daily effects of the disastrous policies coming out of Hartford” including “increased taxes, fees, and bloated spending.”

Of course, he’s read his famous relative’s books, and says “The Dharma Bums” is his favorite.
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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com