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Since Maria del Carmen Arroyo decided to step down from her role as City Councilwoman representing the 17th district, the area has been without a representative since the start of the new year.

On February 23rd, a special election will take place to fill this void in one of the most visible districts that’s facing many issues including gentrification. (DISCLAIMER: In The interest of full disclosure, Welcome2TheBronx and myself are supporting Julio Pabon, a progressive candidate, who’s running under The Bronx is Not For Sale Platform.)

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A special election candidate forum will be held at Pregones tonight, Wednesday January 27th at 6pm.

The 17th district covers parts of the Lower Concourse, Mott Haven, Melrose, Hunts Point, Port Morris and even into Soundview.

We must be informed of all the candidates positions to be educated voters and must encourage our neighbors to come out and vote because with 11 candidates vying for this seat, EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT.

From Nos Quedamos who is organizing this event tonight:

As of December 31, 2015 our local City Councilwoman, Maria del Carmen Arroyo has resigned from her seat and there will be a special election for Arroyo’s replacement on 2/23/16.

Due to the short time from Arroyo’s resignation announcement and quick turnaround which will no doubt limit our community’s participation as voters, we are coordinating this forum to ensure the community is aware of this special election, and ultimately able to fully participate both in hearing from the candidates and demonstrate that our local residents care by voting in significant numbers.

SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION WILL BE PROVIDED IN SPANISH

**VIEWING PARTY LOCATIONS**

Bronxworks Classic Center – 286 East 156 Streethttp://www.bronxworks.org/classic-community-center

Cut Zone Barber Shop – 624 Melrose Avenue between 151st and 152nd Streets

Cut Zone Barber Shop – 858 St. Ann’s Avenue @ the corner of 3rd Avenue

The Point CDC – 940 Garrison Avenue Bronx NY 10474

Cinco de Mayo Restaurant – 837 Washington Avenue between 159th Street & 160th Street

Please RSVP. Free and open the public.

Or watch it LIVE with friends!

via BronxNet http://www.bronxnet.org/

Ch. 67 (Cablevision) or Ch. 33 (Fios)

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