Democratic Committee Votes to Endorse Four Candidates

NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh Democratic Committee voted to endorse four candidates for the City of Newburgh offices on the November ballot. The candidates offer experience as leaders in community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, education, immigration, and business.

The endorsement vote was held after the conclusion of a ninety minute Candidate Forum that covered issues from water security and economic development to infrastructure and gentrification.”For the three seats on the City Council, we had six excellent candidates making stro-ng presentations before an audience of nearly 50 people,” observed Deborah Danzy, Vice Chair of the Democratic Committee.

The City of Newburgh Democratic Committee made the following endorsements:

Mayor Torrance Harvey for the Mayoral seat; Council Member Robert Sklarz for the Ward 3 City Council seat; Council Member Anthony Grice for the Member at Large seat; Steven Majano for the Member at Large City Council seat.

The candidates that participated in the Forum were Rocio Silva and Council Member Robert Sklarz for the Ward 3 City Council seat, Council Member Anthony Grice, Steven Majano, Michelle Basch, and Omari Shakur for the two Member at Large seats, and Mayor Harvey for the Mayoral seat. During his opening remarks, Majano noted, “The young people who are here supporting me tonight have energy I want to harness and push forward to be a catalyst for change.” Council Member Grice, running for the Member at Large seat he was appointed to when Torrance Harvey was appointed Mayor after the passing of Mayor Kennedy, spoke to his character as important in leadership; “it’s how I’ve been acting my whole life – with integrity.” Having been recently appointed to the Ward 3 Council seat when Jonathan Jacobson was elected as Assembly Representative, Sklarz told the crowd, “My proudest moments as a Committee Member are this year’s unanimous Municipal ID support and last year’s unanimous vote backing the Fair and Welcoming City Resolution and I want to continue to see this momentum in our city.”

Candidates are collecting signatures for their Designating Petitions throughout the month of March. The Primary Election is Tuesday, June 25, 2019 and the General Election is Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

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