I was investigating the websites of the three main groups running for Cumberland County Freeholder. There are several independents running, but some did not have websites that I could find. So for this discussion I will limit my commentary to the Republicans, the Independents, and the Democrats.
Typically, Lou Magazzu doesn’t run on issues. He runs a campaign of filth, mudslinging, gutter politics and character assassination. If a person brings up an issue, Magazzu attacks the person rather than answer the question. And it seems that his campaign this year is not about issues. But then again, what would he run on? He has been largely ineffective as a leader.
The Republican website addresses many issues that affect county residents, such as high property taxes, out of control county spending and the highest unemployment in the region. They provide solutions. They discuss what actions they would take. They want to make county government transparent, something that has been lacking under Lou’s tenure. They were forced to place the county budget online because Lou refused to make this document public. The Republicans say that there are many places to cut waste.
The Independent Leaders, all Democrats, have tried to work with Lou in the past, but he refused any compromise. They finally had little recourse but to break ties from him and run as Independents.
They address creating an open space plan, scoffed at by Lou. They talk about creating economic growth in the county. They want to address the lack of ethics that seems to permeate the county government. And they especially want to restore civility into county government, so that citizens do not have to worry about being verbally abused by the freeholders if they choose to speak at a freeholder meeting.
And Lou’s website? he calls his opponents names!
Responding to the renegades’ half truths
Recently you may have received a letter from Jennifer Swift, Jane Christy, and Bruce Peterson who have abandoned the Democratic Party and are running as spoilers in this November election…
If you read the entire article, it is one big, convoluted lie. They lie about the dates and timeline. That has been addressed on this website and elsewhere, so I won’t bore you with details.
However, if you care about the county, regardless of your political orientation, there are choices. If you are die-hard Republican, the choice is clear. If you are a Democrat, the Independent Democrat candidates seem to want to support your ideals.
If you are Independent or Undeclared, then you have the chance to read about all of the candidates and their platforms on these websites. And besides the three teams, we have former Vineland committee-person Sheena Santiago running as a solo Independent.
You are on this website, so you can read all of the reasons NOT to vote for Lou Magazzu. Please be an educated voter and discover the reasons to vote for your choice for Freeholder.