LD 34 Democratic Primary challenger Mark Alexander wants to debate incumbent state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34) 12 times around the district.
“Every day, I am talking to normal folks at the train stations, supermarkets, and at their front doors,” the former Obama Campaign state director said in a statement. “I am not naive to how political campaigns work, I know things are going to get heated in these last 60 days. As we get closer to Election Day, I know the pressure will ratchet up, and tensions will run high. But in the end, we must let the people decide who they want to represent them in Trenton.
“With that spirit in mind, today I am asking Senator Gill to join me in a series of debates across Clifton, East Orange, Montclair, and Orange. Several organizations, including the NAACP and The League of Women Voters, already reached out to my campaign about hosting candidate forums and debates,” the challenger added. “I hope Senator Gill will join me for a total of twelve debates, three in each community, so we can give the voters in our district an accurate picture of where we stand on the issues, and why one of us should be in the State Senate come 2014.”
A Seton Hall University Law professor, Alexander is challenging Gill this year in one of the most watched primaries in the state.
“Let’s not make this campaign about negative attacks. Let’s make it about our own vision for the future of New Jersey and the Democratic Party,” the challenger said. “I hope to work with Senator Gill’s campaign and begin the process of setting up these important forums across the 34th District. As Democrats, it is imperative that we give our shared neighbors the opportunity to see firsthand who will be representing them and how we plan to solve the problems facing working class families. Let’s make this campaign about the issues.”