2001-09-08 / Editorial/Opinion

For City Council, It’s Jorge and Sanders

For City Council, It’s Jorge and Sanders

Historically, The Wave has refrained from making political endorsements in Primary elections. Not wanting to make changes in tradition, the publisher conferred with the editorial board and business manager in an effort to justify not making our choices known in such an important election. We had almost decided to go along with the policy set so many years ago but it just didn’t feel right. We were told that the paper would make enemies if our choice lost. We hope that would not happen. The candidates are mature, intelligent people, and, we trust, not prone to vindictiveness. However, in reviewing the Wave of 20 years ago, we discovered that the late publisher, Leon Locke, diverged from his time worn policy and made endorsements in the primary election of 1981. He said he felt the primary was so important that not to voice his preferences would not be in the best interests of the community.

This primary election will have major impact on our community as well as the city as a whole. The imposition of term limits has seen to that. Primaries do not generally bring out many voters. However, it is imperative that all voters get out and vote. Every vote will count. Make your voices heard. Don’t allow the few to choose the person who will represent you for the next four years. We can finally have Rockaway representation in the city council.

Our choice for city council in the 32nd Councilmanic District is Christina Jorge. She is intelligent, thoughtful, hard working and has all of the community at heart. She listens, thinks and acts. She has been involved with children, education and has made her mark on important issues impacting our community. She is right for Rockaway and for the entire district on both sides of the bridge. Jorge has not been in politics long, but she will work hard, with honesty and integrity, to resolve the issues facing all the people in her district.

Our Choice in the 31st Councilmanic District is James Sanders, Jr. We believe that James has come out of the pack because of his integrity, honesty and his track record during his long tenure with Community School Board 27. His ability to work with others to get things done is, for us, a clear indicator of the type of city councilman he will become.

We have to congratulate all of the candidates who are vying for seats in the two districts that touch Rockaway. You have all run hard, clean campaigns and have done credit to the title, "politician."

Deciding to make a choice was not an easy choice to make. Neither was the choice of candidate to support. We do so because we believe it is in the community interest. We hope that you will act in the interest of the community and get out and vote.

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