Councilwoman Maritza Davila vowed to continue making “tough decisions” on behalf of residents if re-elected on Election Day next week. Her recent tough decision was supporting a budget in late March that had a 2.6-percent tax increase.
The six men vying for mayor and the 14 candidates running for three available at-large seats debated at City Hall last week.
Former school board member Pedro Rodriguez received the backing of the Organization for Economic Growth (NJOEG), a political action committee (PAC) created to push for policies that “create jobs and spur investment.”
The first of a series of City Hall debates involving at-large council candidates took an “odd” turn on Wednesday afternoon with all of the candidates declining to question their opponents.
Juan ‘Mitch’ Santiago, who served three terms on the school board, has grown tired of the corruption in the Silk City, forcing him to return to politics. He is running a campaign as a “clean cut” politician promising to ensure basic services are provided to residents.
Councilman Alex Mendez landed the top spot on the mayoral section while Zellie Thomas is number one on the council at-large portion of the May municipal election ballot. Both men received the top spots following a lottery at City Hall on Monday morning.
The three available at-large council seats attracted 15 candidates on Monday afternoon. Of the three at-large seats only one is being defended.