A Better Way for Atlantic City
DUE TO PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS FROM THE GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC- THE ATLANTIC CITY CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT REFERENDUM- ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 31st
HAS BEEN MOVED TO MAY 12TH.
THE ELECTION WILL BE CONDUCTED ENTIRELY BY MAIL. ALL POLLING PLACES WILL REMAIN CLOSED.
EVERY REGISTERED VOTER WILL RECEIVE A POSTAGE PAID BALLOT.
Judge Denies Bogus Charges from Atlantic City Democrats Attempting to Take Away Citizen's Right to Vote
After thousands signed asking for election, Marty Small Sr. and Gwendolyn Callaway-Lewis have attempted to stop the will of the people. Lucky, the Atlantic County courts have ruled in favor of democracy.
Thousand Sign Petition in Support of #FixAC Movement
Thank you to the thousands of Atlantic City Residents who showed support during our petition drive. Next stop: Winning the referendum to create a the city we deserve.
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Governor Murphy Announces Changes to Upcoming New Jersey Elections in Response to COVID-19
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 105, implementing changes to upcoming elections to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that voters can exercise their right to vote without risking their health and safety. The executive order temporarily changes certain election procedures and changes the date of upcoming elections in an effort to protect voters and ensure fairness to candidates during this unprecedented crisis.
“As the coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, we must take aggressive and swift action to help mitigate further spread and flatten the curve,” said Governor Murphy. “My top priority is to keep New Jerseyans healthy and safe during this pandemic, and these new measures will ensure that all New Jersey voters are able to safely exercise their right to vote and be engaged in our democracy.”
“Governor Murphy and I fully respect that elections are the foundation of our democracy, but we will not allow our citizens to be put in harm's way as the COVID-19 pandemic escalates,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. “The well-being of our constituents is our number one priority and I support the decision to hold elections currently scheduled for March 21st, March 31st, and April 21st in May.”
Breaking: Mayor Don Guardian Endorses Change of Government
I am encouraging all concerned Atlantic City Residents to vote “Yes!” to change our form of government on Tuesday March 31st.
We have had our current form of government for 37 years:
and all we have to show is a bloated budget and inability to pave roads, replace burnt-out street-lights or even maintain the Boardwalk. Atlantic City deserves better.
Vote Yes on March 31st so our voters can elect 5 residents as part-time Council Members based on the person- not the political party. The new Council will then interview and hire a city manager with proven effective professional experience.
This measure will
Save thousands in taxpayer dollars
Bring a spirit of professionalism BACK to a City Hall that has lost its way.
Clean our streets and give residents the relief from crime and corruption we need!
For a better future for Atlantic City, Vote “Yes!” for a change of government on Tuesday March 31st!
Mayor Don Guardian
Across Atlantic City, resident's voices are calling for change. From the Inlet to Chelsea Heights, and From Ducktown to Venice Park, residents know that it's time to reform our government into a model that works for us again, not the political elite.
That's why we formed Atlantic City Residents for Good Government, and started a petition drive to create change in city hall. When we visited citizens at their homes and told them our goals for a greater future, we heard one, unified response- "We are not being represented, and it's going to take big changes to save Atlantic City." Thousands of people signed the petition, and created the movement we have today.
Now, Atlantic City Voters will be asked whether or not we should change our form of Government on Tuesday, March 31st. Changing to the Municipal Manager form is the right choice to get A.C. back on track. Together, by voting "Yes!" to #FixAC, we can restore the city we love!
Please read below for more information on the Municipal Manager Form of Government
What does the City Manager do?
The manager serves as the governing body's chief advisory by providing complete and objective information about local operations, discussing options, and making policy recommendations. Their job is to run the day-to-day operations as a professional administrator with expertise, not a politician.
The manager is an employee who can be fired by a majority of the council. This person prepares a budget for the governing body's consideration, recruits, hires, supervises, and terminates governmental staff.
What will the Mayor and Council do?
The Council will still serve the legislative authority and the community's policy makers- restructured as a 5 member at-large body. Power is centralized in this body, which approves the budget and adopts local laws.
The elected officials hire a professional city manager based on that person's experience, not their political alliances.
In the Municipal-Manager form of government, the Mayor is a councilperson selected by the council to serve as the public face of the community. He or she presides at meetings, assigns agenda items, and assists the governing body in setting goals and advocating policy.
Did you know- According to the University of North Carolina, cities with the municipal manager form of government are 57% less likely to receive ethics and corruption violations.
The most important role:
OUR ROLE AS VOTERS!
In the municipal manager government the voice of Atlantic City's voters will be more important than ever. Local governments actively engage and involve their community by serving on boards and commissions, participating in visioning and strategic planning sessions and designing local government services.Finally, we will have the power to sculpt Atlantic City into a place that guarantees quality of living for all of us.
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