BY CLYDE HUGHES | AC JosepH Media
SWEDESBORO — The South Jersey Black Political Caucus sent out questionnaires on Monday to all candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Districts 1, 2, 3 and 12, and all candidates running for the U.S. Senate currently held by Sen. Bob Menendez.
SJBPC chairman Frank Minor, the longtime mayor of Logan Township, said the questionnaire is “a first step” in an effort to hold officeholders and candidates accountable to all the people they are representing.
“This first step will allow us to gather information from each candidate regarding their positions on issues important to those whose vote they are seeking and looking to represent,” Minor said. “The candidates have until April 1 to return their completed questionnaire.
“We look forward to their responses and will continue to provide the community with pertinent facts needed to make informed choices regarding individuals seeking to represent us.”
Minor said he expects many of the candidates to fill out the questionnaire and believes those who ignore it will say a lot about their feelings of the people they represent.
The South Jersey Political Black Caucus advocates for representatives and public policies promoting fairness and inclusion across all levels of government, from local municipalities to the national stage.
The SJBPC said of its mission, “Understanding the importance of knowledgeable leadership, we seek to educate current and aspiring public officials about the unique challenges facing our communities and support the selection, nomination, appointment and election of individuals who share our vision of a more just and equitable society.”
Minor serves as chair of the SJBPC, while former Cumberland County Commissioner Donna Pearson serves as treasurer and former Salem Mayor Charles Washington, Jr. serves as secretary.
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