The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is pleased to announce the dates for its election-year candidates’ forums, a tradition the Coalition has maintained for nearly a decade. The forums give Hoboken voters an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running for mayor, council at large and Board of Education in the November 5, 2013, election. In addition, we will host a debate on the ballot question concerning rent control. These events are arranged by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition, Inc., and moderated by Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken, who has expertly conducted QLC-sponsored forums over the last six years.
The events this year are as follows:
- Council at Large Candidate Forum - Tuesday, October 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington Street.
- Mayoral Candidates Forum - Wednesday, October 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1005 Washington Street.
- Rent Control Ballot Question Forum – Monday, October 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace School Auditorium, Willow Avenue at 5th Street
- Board of Education forum – Tuesday, October 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace School Auditorium, Willow Avenue at 5th StreetFor the Board of Education forum, the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition welcomes its co-sponsors The Parish of Our Lady of Grace and Saint Joseph, as well as the Hoboken Family Alliance.
As in previous candidates forums, these will follow an established format: Written questions will be solicited from the audience and submitted to a three-person panel who will select the clearest and most concise questions on a wide range of topics. On most occasions, board members of the non-partisan Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition will be the selectors. At the Board of Education event, the three-person panel of selectors will include a representative from Our Lady of Grace Parish and the Hoboken Family Alliance.Each candidate will have an opportunity to make opening introductory and closing remarks, and a timekeeper will ensure that time limits are respected in answering questions.
About the QLCHoboken Quality of Life Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan citizen organization that has been active in Hoboken over the last decade. The QLC led the successful efforts to prevent construction of the Devils hockey arena in southern Hoboken, was instrumental in forging the western alignment of the Light Rail route in Hoboken, and with several other groups fought the early battles to secure 1600 Park Avenue as designated parkland. It participates with other civic organizations to advocate for ordinances for good government practices and to protect the historic structures that lend the city its character. In 2008, QLC formed the Committee for a Green Hoboken, which worked with the city on an agreement to control carbon dioxide emissions and sustainable development ordinances, and helped secure funding for a energy audit of municipal buildings.