LETTER: ‘I’m proud to be a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate’


In a letter to the editor, District 5 Hudson County commissioner candidate Ron Bautista explains why he’s proud to earn the distinction of the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate.

Photo courtesy of the Ron Bautista for Hudson County commissioner campaign.

Dear Editor,

I’m proud to be a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate for County Commissioner in the Democratic primary election on June 6.

From the many conversations I’ve had going door to door, something I’ve heard from neighbors is a long-time need for violence prevention programs in our community.

One conversation that has stayed with me was with Junior Lugo, the owner of a local barbershop.

Just like me, he’s an alum of Hoboken High School, and he knows the value of mentorships, community-based mediators, and activities that help defuse conflicts among neighbors.

Also, as studies show, we need to address the sources of violence by healing childhood trauma, and securing food, health, and dignity in every neighborhood.

Similar to a pandemic, this issue impacts everyone and we can only address it by working together.

Our current county official has been asleep at the wheel for far too long. It’s time to take action, and that’s why I’m committed to leading the charge for:

• Community-based interventions: provide supportive counseling, crisis intervention assessment, and local mediators to restore peace and break the vicious cycle.

• Mental-health crisis response programs: Prioritize the work of EMS, mental health professionals, and social workers to respond to mental health incidents.

• Expanding programs addressing food and housing insecurity: Ending hunger in a healthy and equitable way, while at the same time preventing homelessness, is a proven formula to build stronger, safer communities with dignity.

On June 6, our safety is on the ballot. We cannot wait any longer for the establishment and their political bosses. I understand the urgency of this issue because I’m accountable to everyday people, and I don’t depend on the politicians.

That’s why I urge our neighbors in Hoboken and Jersey City to support our campaign by voting for our team on Column A.

If anyone would like to discuss more about the issues they care about, they can call or text me at 201-953-2628 and I’m always open to meet over coffee.

In solidarity,

Ron Bautista
Hudson County Commissioner Candidate, District 5

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