Choi challenges opponents to disclose ties to government jobs and contracts

EDISON – Running for reelection as the good government reformer, Mayor Jun Choi today challenged his opponents to disclose their personal and family ties to taxpayer-funded jobs and contracts.

Of the two, his burden of inquiry seemed to fall more squarely on Councilwoman Antonia Ricigliano than union carpenter Willie Araujo, if only because Ricgliano possesses local party support and represents the mayor's more recognizable challenge.

“During these difficult economic times, Edison taxpayers deserve to know of any potential conflicts of interest that candidates have before making their decision at the voting booth,” Choi said in a release. “Edison taxpayers must know that their elected representatives are advocating for the public interest, not private interests.”

Choi wants rival candidates to release tax returns from 1998 – 2001 and 2006 (2007 and 2008 have already been released), and demanded that mayoral and council candidates list all family members with current jobs or contracts that are paid for by Edison taxpayers, including spouses, parents, in-laws, children, uncles, aunts and first cousins. Choi challenges opponents to disclose ties to government jobs and contracts