We are moved to write this letter to express our concern over recent comments regarding the safety and well being of our City of Poughkeepsie.
Recently, candidate for Mayor Joash Ward, has made comments disparaging our law enforcement and belittling public events such as the popular and successful “National Night Out”.
We strongly believe that events such as this foster better relationships and unity within our city. We further believe that using the platform as a candidate for Mayor to attempt to divide our community and create division where it does not exist has no place in our local discourse.
The men and woman of the Poughkeepsie law enforcement community should be respected for the work they do everyday protecting the people of this city. Our city’s first responders are the true heroes of our community and should be treated with the respect and admiration they deserve.
For the last four years, Mayor Rob Rolison has done incredible work to not only bring together our law enforcement and community, but through building mutual respect and understanding, has made the City of Poughkeepsie a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.
We call on all elected officials and candidates for public office to join us in disavowing these comments and dedicating to work together to build a stronger relationship between our police department and all people of the City of Poughkeepsie, and move forward together.
Today we have an opportunity to show what is great about our city and come together regardless of political ideology and stand up for what is right, what is good, and what we all know truly represents what our city is all about.
We hope you will join us.
Sakima McClinton – Candidate for Council At Large
Miles Shadman – Candidate for 2nd Ward Common Council
Lee Klein – Candidate for 4th Ward Common Council