NEWARK, NJ – Newark residents are getting an opportunity to have their voices heard in an upcoming debate for New Jersey’s lieutenant governor’s race after local nonprofit Project Ready this week launched an online survey for individuals to submit their inquiries.
Project Ready, a local social justice advocacy group, launched the survey to gather input from the community on topics of interest and to collect suggested questions that may be posed directly to candidates in the New Jersey Lieutenant Governor debate on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
The survey comes after Project Ready CEO Shennell McCloud was selected to be a panelist for the debate. An online link to the survey can be found here.
Now, McCloud said she wants to hear what residents have to say ahead of the debate.
“Project Ready’s mission has always been centered on raising and amplifying the voices of the community – especially those who have too often been marginalized and kept out of positions of power,” said McCloud. “As one of the panelists, I look forward to asking the candidates questions that reflect the issues that matter most to the community.”
The live debate will pit incumbent Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver (D) against former state Sen. Diane Allen (R). The lieutenant governor is the second highest-ranking official in state government and is elected on a ticket with the governor for a four-year term.
The debate will be hosted by New Jersey Globe, Rebovich Institute of Politics at Rider University, and Project Ready.
The debate will be live-streamed via New Jersey Globe, Facebook Live, Twitter‚ YouTube‚ and LinkedIn and will be rebroadcast on 77 WABC radio.
The process of identifying questions will remain confidential, and there will be no communications with the candidates regarding questions in advance of the debate, according to officials.