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Goow: “I was given an opportunity and a second chance”

By Aslon Goow
Published: April 19, 2014


I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement seminar to help young men get a second chance in life hosted by 4th Ward Councilwoman Vera Ames Garnes.

I shared with them my own story as a young man and how I received a second chance through the expungement program.

I have never hidden from it – I have shared it as a positive example of possibilities.  I owed it to these young men to help them build their futures.  I told these young men that “if I can do it, so can you.”

I believe I gave those young men hope since I was serving as an elected member of the City Council, as a trained police officer, and as a private investigator licensed by the State of New Jersey.

America believes in redemption. Redemption has been granted to many people who have turned their lives around – including police officers, fire fighters, judges, and many elected officials, and, yes, myself. But with redemption also comes responsibility.

A responsibility to live our lives with integrity and to help our youth rebuild their futures. I have striven to do that, I believe I have made a difference in their lives, and I will continue to do so as Mayor.

I believe that God offers forgiveness to every person who seeks it with a sincere and repentant heart. I ask God to continue to give me the strength to fight for what is right and to fight against the petty political retaliation that I face as I work to lift up our City.

While others will attack me and the integrity of expungement programs for political advantage, I choose to build opportunity and second chances for our City – because I was given an opportunity and a second chance.

For those who want a candidate who pretends to be perfect, they should support someone else. They will eventually be let down. I seek the seat of Mayor not because I am perfect, but because I am a Patersonian.

I seek the seat of Mayor because I have lived through the very challenges that our residents face. I know how a young man can make a mistake and I know how a grown man can make it right in his community after 30 years.

I know how a City can suffer for decades but can grow and prosper once again.  Like myself, Paterson [can] turn around and flourish with a second chance.

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