Touching Base

This has been quite a week at the Trenton Journal. We held our first candidate Meet and Greet with the Trenton Branch of the NAACP, where candidates running for various wards throughout the city had the opportunity to express their hopes and plans for city council at Shiloh Baptist Church. First, I want to thank everyone who participated in the event including Damian G. Malave (South Ward City Council), Merkle Cherry (North Ward City Council), and Divine Allah (North Ward City Council). Candidates wont be certified by the city clerk until September, but I think it's never too early to speak to the people that you want to elect you into office. There's a lot at stake both nationally and locally. People can't afford to sit on the sidelines and not let their voice be heard.

Given the dismal turn out of the 2018 election with voter participation at around 22%, it's apparent that things need to change. Giving candidates a platform to engage with residents and to tell their own story and providing people an opportunity to register to vote is a part of my civic engagement. We look forward to our next candidate meet and greet on July 26 from 6 pm to 8 pm for at-large city council prospective candidates at Shiloh Baptist Church. Contact or the for more information. Don't let anyone take your power away. Stay informed and stay engaged in order to make the best decision when you cast your ballot on November 8th.

I believe it's important to share our highs and our lows. Last week was extremely stressful for me, but when I received news that Edson Garcia who participated in our "My Trenton Story" series was recently honored it made my day. Garcia received a resolution and a visit from New Jersey Senator Shirley Turner at his celebration party after she read his powerful story in the Trenton Journal of overcoming personal obstacles to land a full scholarship at Princeton University. It reminded me of why I do what I do. Congrats, Edson the world is yours!

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