Candidates Angelo Lomonte, Catherine Quinn and Brian Higgins have released the following statement affirming their dedication to the City of Long Beach and commitment to transparency.
Candidates Lomonte, Quinn and Higgins pledge to serve their full terms and honor the office entrusted to them by the voters of Long Beach should they be elected this November, and challenge their Democratic opponents to do the same.
Said Lomonte, Quinn and Higgins: “We steadfastly pledge to not abandon our responsibility to the City of Long Beach should the opportunity for higher office present itself. If elected, we will respect and honor the faith entrusted to us by the voters of Long Beach and will work on their behalf and not our own self interests. Election to the City Council should not be an immediate and temporary stepping stone to advance one’s political ambitions, as this does a disservice to those who gave their support and expect elected leaders to fulfill the obligations of office.’
‘We call upon all candidates for City Council to join us in this pledge, particularly Councilman Anthony Eramo, who within months of taking his oath of office, in January 2014, sought a run for State Assembly. After former Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and the Nassau County Democratic Committee endorsed Todd Kaminsky, Eramo withdrew his bid in July, just two months after announcing his candidacy. This left Kaminsky as the sole Democratic candidate to challenge Avi Fertig, with Kaminsky going on to win that November. We call on Eramo to commit to the voters of Long Beach and be truthful of his intentions, or remove himself from the race should his goal be once again the immediate pursuit of higher office, in order to make room for candidates that will.”
*Note: Should a Council member resign from their position, the City Council chooses that person’s successor to serve until a special election can be held in the following November general election to fill the vacancy and serve out the remainder of the abandoned term.
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