Though none of the candidates the MCJ endorsed last week won their respective races Tuesday, we nonetheless congratulate Nikiya Harris, Sandy Pasch, Mandela Barnes, Frederick Kessler, LaTonya Johnson and Evan Goyke for their victories in State Senate and Assembly district races.
Their victories were earned walking through our neighborhoods and talking to people face-to-face, listening to their concerns, frustrations, hopes and ideas to improve the quality of life for residents in the districts the candidates wanted to represent; as well as attending and answering the tough questions at a number of town hall meetings and political forums.
We feel the candidates who won will demonstrate the type of commitment to our community we expect and will aggressively tackle the myriad of problems we face in the areas of joblessness, education, crime, foreclosure and transportation, to name a few.
We also congratulate those of you who voted Tuesday for the candidate of your choice.
We hope you took someone else to the polls or told someone days before the election of its importance and whether or not they are registered and encouraged them to get registered and vote.
Those who did not vote and are reading this editorial still have time to effect change in November.
You should register to vote immediately and encourage others you know to do the same!
Our community and Black America cannot afford the apathy and low turnout we had on August 14 and November of 2010.