If Democratic borough mayoral candidate Yina Moore or Republican candidate Jill Jachera have made up their minds about consolidation, neither is showing her cards just yet.
Both candidates claim they have not taken a position on consolidation, and that they still don’t know how they will vote on this issue in the Nov. 8 election.
Interviewed by Planet Princeton after the consolidation forum that was sponsored by the Princeton Community Democratic Organization tonight, both said they are still gathering information before they reach an opinion.
While that is fine with some voters, others are pushing for the mayoral candidates to show leadership and take a position on the issue.
At the forum, attended by more than 125 people, one of the questions posed to panelists was whether the mayoral candidates should “put aside personal ambition to address the merits of consolidation directly”given how important the issue is.
“I think that leaders need to show leadership,” panelist Patrick Simon said. “Part of showing leadership is making up your mind and taking a stand. The mayoral candidates should do that.”
Simon, a consolidation study commission member, was one of two panelists speaking in support of consolidation at the forum.
Pro-consolidation panelist Claire Jacobus said the whether a candidate is willing to take a stand or not would “serve to add to the potential mayoral profile.”
Several members of the audience clapped when comments were made urging the candidates to express their views on the issue.
Moore and Jachera will debate each other this Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Center, which is located at 435 Nassau Street. The debate will be moderated by the League of Women Voters. Consolidation is sure to be one of the main topics the candidates will be asked about.