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Voice of the People, Nov. 1, 2017

Voice of the People, Nov. 1, 2017

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NJEA suppressing vote

The hatred and venom campaign directed and paid for by the N.J. Education Association leadership against state Senate President Steve Sweeney is all about voter suppression. It is a tactic used by the desperate to create so much negativity that voters will simply stay away from voting. Encourage low turnout and then hope your guy sneaks in.

NJEA leaders should be ashamed of themselves for using this voter suppression tactic in the 3rd District. This leadership group has not given the voters one reason to vote for his opponent and they do not care. Their personal hatred of Sweeney has caused them to revert to suppression of voting. This once-progressive group has sold its soul to the dark side of politics.

It is with great hope and confidence, and it is my belief, that the voters in the 3rd District will not be manipulated by this tactic of suppression and do come out to participate in democracy on Nov. 7. They should show the NJEA leadership that voter suppression will not work.

Michael J. Makara

Mays Landing

For Guardian for mayor

Soon the voters of Atlantic City will elect a mayor to chart the course for the city and the region the city affects.

With both hands tied behind his back by the state, Mayor Don Guardian fought hard for the people of Atlantic City. Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. Stockton University and South Jersey Gas are investing more than $200 million. Hard Rock will open in 2018 after investing more than a half billion dollars. Boraie Development is building 250 market value housing units. Phase One of the Inlet Boardwalk section is completed. Steel Pier will soon open its $14 million observation wheel. Pacific Avenue has been repaved. The Baltic Canal flood prevention program is underway. The list goes on.

For the first time in almost a decade, city taxpayers have received a 5 percent reduction in their property taxes this year.

During his swearing-in in 2014, Guardian wanted all people of Atlantic City represented. Many cultures and communities spoke. That sense of inclusion began on day one and has never wavered.

Four years ago, Guardian sought election to fix Atlantic City’s problems. Voters made the right choice. Because of that, Atlantic City’s future looks bright. He is asking for four more years to finish that work. I urge voters to make the right choice again.

Richard Helfant

Atlantic City

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