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Freehold Borough Council Democratic Candidates Debate

Miss the debate? Local Editor Noel Aliseo posted live updates from the event.

The first Borough Council Democratic candidates primary debate in recent history took place Thursday night at the .

The participants in the debate included incumbent her running mate, , and Dan Xavier. The three candidates are seeking two available spots on the Democratic ticket in the June 5 primary. The victorious candidates will face Republicans MaryAnne Earle and Councilman John Newman for the two three-year Borough Council seats up for grabs in the November election

Local Editor Noel Aliseo posted live updates from the debate, which you can replay in the Cover It Live module above. What did you think of the points made by the candidates?

Michele June 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Mike, I would totally help organize that. What if we did something downtown with the restaurants doing a "tasting?" How about folk dancing at the hall of records? Artists in the parking lot behind the statue? Facepainting and pony rides for the kids? It could be a lot of fun.
Marc LeVine June 05, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Yes, Mike an international festival on town would be nice. Food, music and dance. Councilman Coyne and I wanted this years ago, instead of the Latino Festival. It was a heated time and the Latino Alliance held its ground in wanting their own event. Today, heck the more festivals the better. The downtown ends up being a winner in every case.
Mike June 05, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Michele, I brought this up 2 years ago at CIC meeting, I was a current member at that time. To me it seems like a no brainer. We have a Latino community in town like it or not, they are not going anywhere. I say, instead of debating how to get these people out, lets help teach them how to become active citizens in the Boro. Teach them how to try to become citizens, help them learn laws, become contributors of the Boro. True Freehold residents have always known the cultural diversity of the Boro, its 2012, lets embrace it. I hope SOMEONE out there gets this rolling, we need to bring the Boro together, this event needs to be without any of the Boro political BS too!
Mike June 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Marc, IMHO, this event can not involve politics, that will scare away the community from participating. It should be done without any council member heading or taking credit for it. These fine people deserve a "PURE" welcome into town, not one for political gain! Just my crazy thought!
George Schnurr June 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM
On the contrary, the idea of Freehold Borough getting interns to assist with various projects is an idea with PROVEN merit. Many interns would jump at the opportunity to get “real-word” experience. As long as the project is the right fit for the intern’s skill set, this seems like a good way to get small projects completed. The following two examples are of low or no cost interns creating websites for various area organizations. The proof on how effective this idea can be is only a click away. 1. Freehold Partnership Website - http://downtownfreehold.com/ 2. Freehold Borough Education Foundation Website - http://www.fbef.org/
Lisa June 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Such an event would be more under the aegis of the Neighborhood Pride Committee, not the Community Information Committee; although we would work to promote it through proper channels. Downtown Freehold could certainly integrate with this -- as there are many restaurants that feature a variety of ethnic cuisines. Plus I can envision the FBAC also integrating -- with art and music from members who hail from other nations, or have roots in other countries.
Michele June 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Excellent! Let's plan something for the fall. It sounds like we need the Neighborhood Pride Committee, the CIC, Downtown Freehold, FBAC, as well as some of the ethnic groups representing. All I can think of is to start with the churches. St. Rose must have a Hispanic Ministry person right? How about the other churches?
Lisa June 05, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Michelle, your best course of action is to attend an NPC meeting to present your concept. Remember, too: the Latino Festival is always scheduled for the first weekend of October, and I believe this festival's dates are set for this year. Another similar type festival during the autumn may not work. However, it MAY work for the spring 2013. I suggest you create a document on your computer where you write this all down. You can continually revisit it as more ideas come to mind. Start with an objective/goal -- then bullet point all the components. Under each component you may even want to go so far as to how each will be accomplished, cost-effectively. Sounds like I just gave you an "assignment!" It's the editor in me, can't help myself. You do sound impassioned and such a project may be quite gratifying for you to help lead. Good luck!
Brian Sullivan June 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Mike, Michelle and Lisa, As a member of the FBAC I can tell you that the FBAC does have a very strong interest in filling the various art voids that exist in our town. Among those voids is the Latino arts. We do have a very strong desire to cater to that arts niche. Like any other great idea, it is just a matter of time and I know it will happen. Mike, speaking from a personal perspective, I agree with you and your aversion to politics being involved. I am a firm believer that there is a huge human relations element within the arts. With the arts we can bring people together for the right reasons. Politicians and activists only get in the way. As it is, the mural project was very encouraging in that we brought together all parts of the borough community. That includes immigrant families. To me, bringing us all together for some fun and community pride was key to the success.
Marc LeVine June 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM
@Mike. "IMHO, this event can not involve politics." Couldn't agree with you more. These are new days in town. The Council's role in entertainment events is changed and they can step aside and simply facilitate these events (public safety, public works). With the new Arts Council, Downtown Freehold, Presbyterian Church, Live From Freehold, etc. there are newer and stronger cultural groups in town to take over the creativity and legwork aspects of events like the one you mention. This is all good. It means that the Borough has matured and is has given birth to specialty groups that can create (largely, on their own) and bring to life a wide variety of events and activities designed to suit a huge range of individual tastes. This frees up the Council to focus on supporting these events by supplying the municipal "tools" they need to succeed with minimal impact on our residents. Freehold is quickly becoming a destination town known for American history, diverse cuisine and international music, extroadinaire. It's a very exciting time!
Mike June 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Michele, I think starting with St Rose and there Latino Community is the right direction, we could possibly not even have to involve the council on this, may be the Pastor at St Rose would be willing to help and use St Rose land, I believe that could be more comfortable for the community, I honestly believe the "political" connection will scare them away!
Mike June 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Brian, I would love to speak with you and the FBAC about making this happen!
Marc LeVine June 05, 2012 at 01:31 PM
@Brian. There is STILL one more aspect of our community we need to bring together - YOU AND ME. I extend to you an olive branch, if you'll accept it. The two of us have made many some mistakes in relationship-building over the years. It's time to mend our fences and move on. I do not hold grudges, forever. What was...was. Today is a different day. We will always disagree on points of view, including politics (287G, etc). If Bill Clinton can enjoy George H.W. Bush's friendship and still disagree about the quality of W's leadership, we can surely do the same in little Freehold Borough.
Marc LeVine June 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Besides, my recent bloodwork results were NOT good...if my time is shortened - hopefully not - I would never want to leave the earth on a sour note wth anyone. :)
Jane Healton June 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Wow! What a wonderful plan! Just what I was hoping by bringing the subject up. I am a firm believer in the unifying power of people celebrating together. Be sure to bring this to the particular attention of community leaders, including the Latino leaders, and stand back. This could be bigger than OId Freehold Day! There is wisdom is going beyond the political in welcoming people. Families are the backbone of Freehold and families are not politics. At any time I am happy to see the kids being kids and to dodge strollers.
Michele June 05, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Sounds like we need a meeting. Anyone a member of St. Rose that would be willing to get the ball rolling there?
Mike June 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Marc, I applaud you for this and tip my hat to you! You certainly have gained respect in my eyes! Brian this sounds like a win win, hope you consider it!
Mike June 05, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Michelle, Jane, Brian,Marc Lets set something up! I am a life time St Rose Parrish member.! How can we all contact each other?
Michele June 05, 2012 at 02:53 PM
And Mike, do you want to contact the parish and see if we can get a space?
Lisa June 05, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Michele, Marc, Mike and Brian, This is so gratifying to read! Wishing you all the best of luck in taking your vision to fruition. When the time comes to write a release about this, I'm a simple email away.
Jane Healton June 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
There is a smaller but still significant group at the Methodist Church within the Amistad Program. There are some of the Latino community leaders attend the church. Pastor Ramon Evangelista is a good contact. This is where I have been volunteering in the after school homework help program and where the Literacy Volunteers hold their English reading, language and citizenship classes. The after school program is now off til the end of September but Pastor knows all the contacts. I can't see St. Rose not being a location but if it doesn't pan out, maybe a cooperation between the Presbyterians and the Methodists might work out- we are about one block apart on opposite sides of the road. This set of comments is getting too long. Would it be good to get a Facebook page started on it? BTW- from what I've heard by asking the families in the program there are more unchurched Latinos than those who go to church, so there should be other ways to reach out than just churches.
Kevin Asadi June 05, 2012 at 05:37 PM
George, small projects, great. Interns should be welcome to learn about the operations and participate in appropriate projects. I think you agree that anything more than that is misusing them. Relying on unpaid college interns to research and write grants where there are strict deadlines and procedures is dangerous. Who is accountable if a deadline is missed? The intern?
Michele June 05, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Ask and ye shall receive. FB page set up. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freehold-Boro-Cultural-Arts-Festival/313268762089949
Kevin Asadi June 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
cool. I will be there with my appetite.
Michele June 05, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Good, I am putting you in charge of food vendors. :)
John F. Newman June 05, 2012 at 09:16 PM
to learn about the outcome of the primary, you can click the clerk's website after the polls close to get a glimpse of the returns as they come in. I have never watched it on primary night, but on the night of the general election the returns don't really start to come in until 8:40 and afterwards. http://www.visitmonmouth.com/ElectionResults/Election%20Result.htm
Brian Sullivan June 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Marc, I do not hold grudges, they erode our souls. I also do not practice vengeance, it is a weakness. It takes two to tango, and we did just that. The past is in the past where it belongs. Olive branch accepted, thank you. Mike says "Unity in our Community", I am a big fan of that. Peace and good health to you, Marc
Marc LeVine June 05, 2012 at 11:28 PM
@Brian. Good. I'm glad that's over with. Thanks for your good wishes.
Marc LeVine June 06, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Thank you Dan Xavier for your experiment in Democracy. Hold your head high. You have nothing to be ashamed of. Your name and your view are now better known to all. It's very difficult to overcome a local party's loyal base and bring the casual voter into the mix. In retrospect, this was a great political cycle for Freehold. Because of you, the debate has started earlier than ever and you, Sharon and Ron engaged our residents in a great way. Now, it it time to out all differences aside and unite our party. Best of luck to Sharon and Ron AND to John and Marianne, too.
Reginald Sims June 07, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I'm Reginald Leland Sims and that's the correct spelling. No knuckles why is my name on here with a question mark. I would like for you to explain since someone has brought this to my attention!!!!

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