Drug Use, Crime & Blighted Homes Big Topic During Council Candidate Forums

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JAMESTOWN – How to combat drug addiction, crime and blighted property in Jamestown was among the top topics during a meet the candidates forum on Thursday.

Co-hosted by WRFA-LP, Media One Group Radio and WNY News Now the conversation featured the six running for Jamestown City Council At-Large: Democrats Christina Cardinale, Ellen Ditonto and Alyssa Porter and Republicans Randy Daversa, incumbent Kim Ecklund and incumbent Jeff Russell.

During the at-large discussion, Ecklund explained the three issues seem to feed off each other.

“Around drug use, and drug selling, comes crimes and other things, but to add to the other avenue of crimes, people are out of work, people are working for less money, people are struggling to get by so they often times reach to levels they would not have reached before,” said Ecklund. “As far as blight, in my tenure on council there is not a neighborhood that I have not gotten a call about that a house that may contain one or all three of these things are not in their neighborhood.”

The night also spotlighted those running for City Council Ward III, Democrat incumbent Regina Brackman and Republican challenger Robert Reedy, along with Ward VI Democrat incumbent Tom Nelson and challenger Andrew Faulkner.

Both forums, the at-large and ward council, can be watched in the video below or on Channel 716 on Roku.


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