Candidates for District 13 each have separate focal points

With the primary elections on September 13, candidates for the District 13 City Council seat are shining their shoes and stepping up their campaigns in hopes of getting more votes.

There are five Democrats vying for the position: Ismael Betancourt Jr., Stephan Kaufman, Joseph A. McManus, Egidio Sementilli and James Vacca. Betancourt says he wants to focus on jobs, economic development and address safety and health concerns. Kaufman says if elected to District 13 he will and has worked to improve funding for economic improvements, civic groups, senior programs and schools. .

Kaufman is not the only candidate with education issues on his platform. McManus wants to bring student-teacher ratios to the forefront and says he will work to rezone neighborhoods to protect them from overdevelopment and improve senior services. Sementilli says he wants to help improve residents? wallets by cutting property, water, and sewer taxes and reduce parking fines. Like McManus, Vacca says overdevelopment is one of his primary platforms. Vacca says he wants to continue fighting overdevelopment, increase the Meals on Wheels program for seniors and work on reducing the cost of prescription drugs.

There are 45,000 Democrats in District 13 but only 15,000 are expected to turn out to vote.

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