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Perth Amboy Mayoral Forum Sponsored by the NAACP

A crowd of over 160 were in attendance.

A crowd of over 160 were in attendance.

  Olive Street Community Center, 11/1/16    *Photos by Alejandro Roman

PERTH AMBOY -The Forum at Olive Street involved questions that would affect everyone in a community as a whole. There were also concerns on how to effectively involve the Non-Hispanic Community who sometimes feel their voice is not being heard.

Joel Pabon answered, “In my present job, I don’t get to appoint or approve who I work with. Personally, I think everyone should be judged by their resume and qualifications and nothing else.”

The Moderator for the evening was Pastor Danielle L. Brown. Mel Knight from the audience poses a question to the candidates.

The Moderator for the evening was Pastor Danielle L. Brown. Mel Knight from the audience poses a question to the candidates.

Sharon Hubberman answered, “Hispanics should embrace others. If I see there’s an injustice, I will help. I fought for poll clerks and those facing foreclosures.”

Wilda Diaz answered “We hire based on a person’s qualifications. Our workforce is based on the community we serve.”

Audience members had the opportunity to write down questions to be handed in on an index card. In another segment, audience members were able to come to the podium to ask questions. Before coming  up, the Moderator said that: “No statements or personal attacks against the candidates will be permitted.”

There were 2 personal attacks directed towards one of the candidates and the Moderator told them politely that they will not be allowed to continue.

Mayor Wilda Diaz, Sharon Hubberman, Councilman Joel Pabon and Moderator Pastor Danielle L. Brown, and Officers and Members of the NAACP pose for a group photo after the forum

Mayor Wilda Diaz, Sharon Hubberman, Councilman Joel Pabon and Moderator Pastor Danielle L. Brown, and Officers and Members of the NAACP pose for a group photo after the forum

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