Angela Ahbez-Anderson, who served as president of the Asbury Park Board of Education for five terms, has announced her candidacy for a seat on the Asbury Park City Council.
The election for mayor and one seat on the council is scheduled for Nov. 8. Mayor John Moor and Councilman Jesse Kendle are running together for the seats.
As a 30-year resident and homeowner in our city; as past school board president for five terms; as a mother, a foster mother, mentor to young girls, and advocate for women in our community and as a woman who believes we need a more active voice on the City Council to work with Mayor John Moor I am ready,” she said in a statement.
Ahbez-Anderson said she shares the belief that the city can keep moving forward while still protecting what makes Asbury Park a special place.
“I believe in an Asbury Park that is safe, sustainable, and affordable for families – both renters and taxpayers – to continue living in Asbury Park,” she said.
Her platform, she said, includes the following points: An Asbury Park that encourages smart and innovative development to create better housing and expand our tax base, an Asbury Park that serves as a bulwark against gentrification that’s pushing out families and creatives, an Asbury Park where renters are protected from predatory landlords and an Asbury Park where kids are protected from gun violence and provided with greater recreation and career opportunities.
“Most importantly, I believe in an Asbury Park where every elected official is expected to show up prepared, ask thoughtful questions, and make intelligent decisions,” she said. “And sometimes, those decisions will be hard. But I will not abstain from making those hard choices.”
This campaign will not be easy, Ahbez-Anderson said, and added that she is not perfect.
“But I will always speak with decency and treat all residents- even my opponents – with dignity and respect,” she said.
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