Testimonial Put On Hold

PERTH AMBOY — Councilman Fernando A. González has asked organizers to put a hold on plans to honor his 36 years of service to the city at a testimonial dinner on Friday.

González said he is concerned that political machinations regarding the impending mayoral election are developing factions that threaten to split the city at a time when unity and leadership is needed.

“Instead of celebrating what we have already done, we must rededicate ourselves to those principles of caring for our community and sharing responsibility for our political fortunes by working together,” said González. “The emergence of up to ten candidates in the mayoral election threatens to silence the voice of the majority as we have no runoff election. The result will be divided, and the next mayor will represent only a small percentage of the voting public.”

“The voters of this city deserve an opportunity to make an informed choice, but in a wildly divided field of candidates the message to the citizens of Perth Amboy will be lost,” said González. “This is not good for democracy. It creates chaos and confusion.”

“Too many candidates for mayor would feed apathy and give outsiders an opportunity to influence the election results for their own gain,” said González. “This will just continue to take our historical city in a negative path. We must make an effort to unite our efforts for a better future for Perth Amboy.”

The Councilman said those who are putting themselves forward as potential mayor and city council candidates should demonstrate they are worthy of the honor by proving they are dedicated to the common good of our city and not just personal ambition.

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