The following is a reprint of an article in the Observer Tribune on 22-Aug-2017.
Aug 22, 2017
HARDING TOWNSHIP. _ Democratic Township Committee candidates Rhonda Allen and Kate Barry have decried the violent intolerance displayed in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.
The two are vying for the two, three-year seats at stake on the Tuesday, Nov. 7 general election currently held by Republican Committeemen Dev Modi and Chris Yates, who is serving as mayor this year, who are seeking re-election.
“As candidates for Township Committee and citizens of Harding Township we feel compelled to speak out in condemnation of the hateful and violent display of intolerance in Charlottesville,” the two said in a joint press release.
“Harding Township is a peaceful community. A cherished value of that community is respect and acceptance of all peoples regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
“We stand in solidarity with all victims of the hateful, un-American acts that occurred in Virginia and offer our sympathies and prayers for them and their loved ones.
“Our community must have zero tolerance for the vile, racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic sentiments espoused in Charlottesville, or for the KKK, Neo-Nazis and any other hate group voicing similar repugnant sentiments.
“Those ideologies and people who identify with them are not welcome in our town,” they concluded.