LINDEN—Want five minutes with the mayor? You’ll get your chance every Thursday night if Derek Armstead is elected as Linden’s next chief executive.
Armstead is planning to hold public office hours every Thursday evening at City Hall in addition to town hall meetings he will host each month at locations throughout the community.
Armstead, the Fourth Ward Councilman who is currently running for mayor on the ‘Democrats for Change’ slate in the June Democratic primary election, says he prefers dealing with voters face to face and he will continue seeking personal input from residents after he is elected.
Former Tenth Ward Councilman James Moore, who is running for Council President on the ‘Democrats for Change’ slate, says increased communication and interaction with the community is needed to address serious problems facing the community.
“We have too many politicians who are out of touch with the people they represent,” said Moore. “I am pleased that Derek Armstead wants to open up doors for residents to be more involved.”
“In addition to generating a lot more personal contact, we will make sure every appointment to a city job and volunteer position is posted on the Internet with a list of qualifications, an application and information about who makes the selection,” said Armstead. “I am grateful to the Citizens Campaign for their insightful recommendations on open government and when I am elected I will implement those ordinances to give Linden residents more opportunities to participate in public service.”
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