With no fanfare, and no audience due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus, Democratic mayoral candidate Christopher South filed his petitions March 20, at Lower Township Hall, for the primary election.
South filed his petitions in the drop box, located near the front door, due to the building being closed to the public. For the time being, citizens are expected to leave payments or other documents in the after-hours drop box.
“It takes away from some of the tradition of filing petitions for public office, but you have to respect the actions being taken by some local governments to reduce the chance of spreading a virus that has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people worldwide,” South said.
With even stricter restrictions looming, South decided to get ahead of tighter restrictions and file the necessary petitions for the Democratic primary.
“The decision was made to act now rather than wait until the end of the month because no one knows how a shutdown will affect local campaigns,” South said. “Our nation is facing a huge crisis with COVID-19, and regardless of our political affiliations, we all hope and pray for the United States to get a handle on the pandemic in order to protect the lives of all Americans.”
South, who spent nearly two decades as a news reporter covering Lower Township government and school events, decided to run primarily to give voters a choice in the 2020 election. Lower Township currently has a mayor, deputy mayor and Ward 2 councilman — all appointed by the same political party.
“When people step into the voting booth in November they at least deserve to have a choice of who they would like to be mayor. I will provide them with a choice at getting a new voice in Lower Township government,” South said.
Ordered and paid for by the Committee to Elect Christopher South.