Monday, October 7, 2019

Hoboken City Council Candidates’ Forums Are Oct. 22 & 24, Co-Hosted by Quality of Life Coalition, Stevens Institute of Technology and Hudson County View

Official release:


Hoboken City Council Candidates’ Forums Are Oct. 22 & 24, Co-Hosted by Quality of Life Coalition, Stevens Institute of Technology and Hudson County View

Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition continues to encourage active civic participation with this public forum for the candidates running for Hoboken City Council ward seats in November 5 election 

Hoboken, NJ – October 4, 2019 – The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition is pleased to announce the plans for its 2019 Hoboken candidates’ forums for the Nov. 5, 2019, City Council election. Co-hosted this year with Stevens Institute of Technology and Hudson County View, these forums give Hoboken voters a chance to hear candidates for office answer questions submitted by the public in a timed and moderated format. The events are free and open to the public. 

·        The candidates for City Council in Wards 1, 3 and 5 will meet in a forum on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Stevens Institute of Technology’s DeBaun Auditorium, 24 Fifth Street. 
·        The candidates for City Council in Wards 2, 4 and 6 will meet in a forum on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Stevens Institute of Technology’s DeBaun Auditorium, 24 Fifth Street. 

Each forum begins at 7 pm and lasts about 2 hours, with a brief intermission. The second forum on Oct. 24, 2019, will be followed by a community reception at 9 pm hosted by Stevens Institute at the Babbio Center, just up the hill from DeBaun. 

This year’s candidates’ forums will follow the same format that the Hoboken QLC has established for over a decade. Questions are submitted on index cards by members of the audience, then they are sorted by topic, and posed to each of the candidates in turn by co-moderators Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken, and John Heinis, publisher of HudsonCountyView.com. Each candidate will be given a minute and a half to respond, and the order of response will be randomized for each round. Brief rebuttals will be permitted as needed by the moderators. 

This format has consistently presented a lively exchange of policy ideas, opinions and comments on issues that the voters themselves consider the most important. Hoboken QLC is grateful for the support of Stevens Institute of Technology, its event staff, and its Student Government Association, along with many volunteers who help out with these events. 

For those who cannot attend, a video recording by Hudson County View will be posted to the websites hudsoncountyview.com and qlchoboken.org


About the QLC
The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition (QLC) is an all-volunteer organization concerned about the air, earth and water, about the density of development, the need for open space, the lack of parking, the flooding, and the host of difficulties that undermine a good and healthy living environment in this densely populated urban city. Since 2000, we have been actively advocating for these causes. The QLC was designated as a 501c3 organization by the IRS in 2000, and all contributions to the QLC are tax deductible.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private, research university that prepares graduates for successful careers in an increasingly technological workplace and society.  Ranked among the nation’s top colleges for return on investment, career services and graduates’ mid-career salaries, Stevens offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and business, and bachelor’s degrees in the arts and social sciences.