Sunday, August 13, 2017

Primary Prep

The Democratic primary is on September 12, so there is less than a month to inform yourselves about the candidates. It is now possible to listen and compare interviews with the two candidates vying to be the Democratic candidate for Common Council president: Steve Dunn and Tom DePietro.

On June 21, Victor Mendolia devoted an hour to talking with Dunn on WGXC's @Issue. That interview, in which Dunn outlines what he would do, as Common Council president, to improve the effectiveness of city government and the well-being of the city, can be heard here.

Last week, DePietro was given equal time on WGXC, speaking for an hour with Vern Cross and Jahnessa Mackey on the Wednesday Afternoon Show. That interview, in which DePietro outlines his goals for the Common Council and his priorities for the City, can be heard here. Of particular interest is the discussion of Hudson's successful bid for $10 million in Round Two of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).

Also participating in the interview with DePietro is Kamal Johnson, who is running for First Ward alderman. Johnson is competing in the primary with two other candidates--Rob Bujan and incumbent Michael O'Hara--for the two Democrat slots on the November ballot. Johnson is the only candidate for First Ward alderman who has the endorsement of the Hudson City Democratic Committee. The committee made no endorsements in the Council president race. 

Whatever the outcome of the primary, DePietro and Johnson will appear on the ballot on the Republican and Working Families lines. COPYRIGHT 2017 CAROLE OSTERINK

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