Shurin will fight back against HPU
Back in May, Congressional candidate Michael J. Shurin submitted an editorial to Hoboken411 – telling residents why it was important to vote in tomorrow’s election.
He’s back with a final message and plea to turn apathetic constituents into active voters who use their right to elect good politicians.
Michael J. Shurin: Fight back against Hoboken Parking Utility
Elect someone ready to mess with them!
Throughout my campaign I’ve focused a lot of attention on ending the futile War on Drugs and balancing the budget. That being said, I know a lot about local issues regular people face. The garbage getting picked up, safe neighborhoods (I can help with that), and good schools (that too). I also know about the practices of the Hoboken Parking Utility.
As a former Hoboken resident I know how bad they can be, and I’ve heard they’ve only gotten worse since I moved. I only hope the story of a Hoboken meter maid busted for using their power to issue parking tickets in exchange for free sandwiches is an aberration. But these kind of things seem to happen a lot when local authorities have unchecked power.
I promise to Hoboken citizens that if I’m elected to Congress I will request that the Department of Justice make an inquiry into the practices of the Hoboken Parking Utility.
Shurin: War on Drugs costly to taxpayers
After that I will deal with issues of much larger significance, like ending the drug war. If you are skeptical, which is reasonable, please look at the facts. The cost of law enforcement and incarceration necessary to enforce drug prohibition is staggering, in the billions, and has had little success to show for it. Ending the drug war means less local spending on law enforcement, and thus will make it easier to cut property taxes. Not to mention, do you really feel safe from drugs because certain ones are illegal?
There is also the civil rights argument for legalization: do marijuana smokers really deserve to be labeled as criminals? Do they really deserve to be denied work? Do teenagers and young adults really deserve to be denied educational and housing assistance just because they got high? Think about someone you know and care about who smokes marijuana. Do they deserve to have any of this happen to them?
Democratic Primary determines general election winner
I’d also like to make a plea to disaffected voters who are unaffiliated, not registered as Republican or Democrat, to show up for the Democratic Primary on June 5th (tomorrow) to vote for me, Michael J. Shurin. In Hudson County, the general election is meaningless due to heavy Democratic majorities. This means that whoever gets the Democratic nomination wins the general election, no matter what. So if you are dissatisfied with the Hudson County status quo, the Democratic Primary is where you need to make your voice heard. There are more than enough of you to shake up the status quo. All you need to do is make your voice heard.
So many of us despise the corruption of the Hudson County establishment, but what do we do about it? Complain, grumble, grouse about how the slimy officials of this county always win their elections and treat the county as if it’s their own personal property. To those of you who are sick and tired of the Hudson County status quo, I have this to say: It’s time to actually get out and vote instead of just complaining. If you don’t, then you’re just enabling the current politicians to continue doing what they do.
Unfortunately, the incumbent Rep. Albio Sires is part and parcel of the Hudson County establishment. Rep. Sires doesn’t care about change, and reelecting him won’t improve anything in this county. If you want to see real change, it’s time to try someone new. If you don’t like me after two years, then simply vote me out. But for now, I’m willing to bet that a lot of people are dissatisfied with the status quo and ready for a positive change. If you are one of these people, then please vote for me tomorrow in the Democratic Primary.
Michael J. Shurin
Democratic candidate for the new 8th Congressional District