2013-02-01 / Letters

Who Has The Right Stuff?

Dear Editor:

Here we are, a little over 3 weeks away from the special election for the 31st district. There are many residents who are unaware that there is a special election coming up. And far less know who is actually running. Your responsibility to vote is one of your God given rights, like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Countless Americans have sacrificed and given their lives so that we have the right to vote. So let’s not take it lightly.

February is also Black History Month. This a time for reflection and celebration. I am proud to be a American and equally proud to be of African descent. This country’s rich history is written in the blood, sweat and tears of many who have fought for justice and equality. So that being said, who will fight for the 31st district? This district is as diverse as the country that we live in. Our next city Councilperson must be prepared to deal with communities made up of several different socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures.

One of the most important qualities of a elected official is the ability to hear the voice of the people. One must be connected to feel the pulse of the community. Rockaway is different from other areas in the 31st district. It is a combination of residential homes and low income housing. This combination makes for a strange collection of issues. Our next City Councilperson has a tough road ahead. Economics, education, are two of the concerns of many residents of the 31st district. Crime and gun violence, lack of programs for the youth to name others.

Who is best qualified to lead this district, a former Chief of Staff, a lawyer and community leader, or one of the other candidates? These next few weeks are very important, take the time to look at each candidate. Look at their backgrounds and qualifications, this is the only way we can determine who has the right stuff.

ILYASSHA SHIVERS

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