On Saturday, October 13th, the Somerset County chapter of Moms Demand Action (MDA), a grassroots movement fighting for public safety measures that can protect children from gun violence, held a community forum to discuss ways to address recent events and prevent them from happening in the future.
The incumbent Republican Somerset County Freeholders were invited to attend as well as their Democratic Challengers, Shanel Robinson and Sara Sooy. The Republicans, at the last minute, chose to ignore the invitation and not attend. Robinson and Sooy were present.
“We are disappointed but not surprised that the Republicans did not show,” stated Sooy. “Shanel and I attended to listen to the passionate concerns the moms expressed and their thoughts on this serious issue.”
“This was not a political event. We were all there to learn from each other. Sara and I shared our thoughts but most importantly we listened. It is a shame that officials, elected by Somerset County residents, chose not to attend,” Stated Robinson.
Instead, the Freeholders sent a letter that many felt was ambiguous and failed to address the concerns voiced by the MDA. The letter was read to the group.
“In not attending, the Freeholders missed an opportunity to be involved with the community in a meaningful way. Sara and I were grateful to take part in this discussion and look forward to doing so again in the future,” said Robinson.