Trenton Resident’s Thoughts on the Election

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Trenton Resident’s Thoughts on the Election

By Gabrielle Beacken and Kelly Corbett

TrentonVotes took to the grounds of The College of New Jersey to get the inside scoop from Trenton residents and employees on their thoughts about the upcoming Mayoral election.

We first spoke to Mariyah, who works at Eickoff Dining Hall, whose biggest concern is for the youth of Trenton. “Trenton needs more activities for the youth,” she says. She is not alone in her desire for more programs for the children and teenagers of the city. The concern to keep the youth out of trouble and occupied with more productive activities seems to be a common theme, especially with parents of young children.

Lions Den employee Ronesha, too emphasized how important after school activities and programs are for the youth. “I have a 9 year old,” she explained. The ideal candidate for her would bring more fun and safe activities for the children and provide them with a peaceful environment.

She also offered a plausible system for the police officers of Trenton in order to reduce crime. Ronesha recommended more police officers patrolling the sidewalks on foot, rather than working from their car, so that there would be less criminal activity and a lower crime rate. Ronesha believes that the officer’s presence would be a deterrent, intimidating criminals who would normally act without the fear of consequence.

The pursuit of halting violence and reducing crime is a prominent issue for many residents of Trenton.

While working behind the register, at the Education Cafe employee Synetta shed a light on the gun violence in Trenton. “People are getting killed for no reason!” she exclaimed. “I want someone in office to do what they say. Not just say stuff to get in there,” she highlighted. Gun violence struck an emotional chord with Synetta, admitting she has lost many friends to this deadly weapon and only wishes to cease its accessibility and frequent use.

Synetta also commented on a more municipal issue that has struck many New Jersey counties this harsh winter: the pothole epidemic. Without the proper care, potholes have the potential to cause a variety of vehicle predicaments: flat tires, lost control of the wheel, and the likelihood for an increase in car accidents.

Vicky shared her frustration and anger with the corrupted political history of Trenton’s government officials. “Put a body in the job, doesn’t mean they have the expertise.” She expressed her discontent with former Mayor Tony Mack, and reminisced about better times when Douglass Palmer held the position.

Though she revealed that you shouldn’t complain about government officials if you
choose not to vote, she herself said that she chooses not to vote in this particular election because she is not “keen” of any of the candidates.

In particular, present councilwoman, Kathy McBride, doesn’t make Vicky smile. She tells us how she grew up with McBride. “Having a big mouth doesn’t mean anything if you can’t do the job.”

While many Trenton residents are uncertain of who they are voting for others are definite. C-store employee Bernice is firm in her decision to vote for Eric Jackson, claiming “he’s been with the city for years and knows what’s going on”.

Bernice also expressed her views on the issues of Trenton, advocating for more parent involvement and activities for the youth, a mutual issue for several Trenton residents. She also wished for “no more corruption,” adding with a laugh, “No one liked Mayor Mack anyways.”

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