TERRANCE L. BANKSTON ANNOUNCES BID FOR SOUTH WARD COUNCILPERSON IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Terrance L. Bankston, who was a candidate in the 2014 Newark Municipal Election, yet as an at-large council candidate, running on the Jeffries-Ramos collaborative slate, which was also endorsed by United States Congressman, Donald Payne, Jr., declared his intent to be the agent of change, added to the Newark Municipal Council and best to help ‘bridge the generation gap’ in Newark’s City Hall. “It is unacceptable in 2018, with 72 percent of Newark’s residents, being under the age of 45, that no one is elected to represent that demographic. No one there is speaking up for these generations of residents, or the issues affecting their quality of life.” – stated Bankston during a short speech.
Bankston criticized the current south ward councilman for his lack of visibility and effectiveness; specifically citing an ineffective working relationship with Mayor Ras Baraka and a collective failure to empower and better lead the south ward of Newark. “We need a full-time council-member, who will be a real partner with the Mayor and the community, to ensure, that the voices of parents ward wide are heard. We need our ward councilperson to be more attentive to the needs of our seniors and the concerns around the poor services and lack of quality senior programs.” Bankston also spoke to declining business sectors throughout the south ward and the need for the city to better assist homeowners, with home loan modification and preventative foreclosure services; which are major challenges presently plaguing the city’s largest terrain. “What we have now, is not indicative of, or consistent with the past leaders elected to represent the south ward of Newark. I am running against legacy. Newark’s south ward needs leadership, not legacy,” concluded Bankston.
“Newark’s social and moral fibers are at a critical juncture. Newark is in the mist of the most challenging period since the 1967 riots. History tells us of a resilient Newark hoping and striving for a great comeback. Today, I can offer Newark the bold, smart, and proven leadership that south ward residents and residents at-large, can count on to best address the demands, needs and problems destroying Newark brick by brick. I am the leader the community can continue to rely on and work with to protect, mend and develop the communities of the south ward of Newark. As councilman I will utilize my corporate and government networks to raise funding nationally, for programs that will reenergize local non-profit organizations and offer independent programs that are non-reliant on government funding. After 10-years, as an administrator in the city of Newark, I am keenly aware of the fiscal challenges that impact the quality of life, of every Newark resident. As a homeowner and father of a middle school child, I am also aware of how the aforementioned factors, impacts our families and communities at-large. What I will demand of the administration and my council colleagues, is that fiscal accountability and quality of life be the top priorities of our government and a part of daily course of action to grow Newark block by block. Newark needs results and I am committed to working with the community to achieving results over everything,” stated Terrance L. Bankston.