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MV Republican Chair Regrets Not Knocking Butch Thomas Off Ballot and Endorses New Vision Party Candidates

With 2700 registered voters and in a close race, the GOP could make the difference.

Mount Vernon Republican City Committee Chairman Thomas J. Keller speaking at City Council meeting, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 [Black Westchester]

Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon Republican City Committee Chairman Thomas J. Keller said he regrets not knocking Republican City Council candidate Steven ‘Butch’  Thomas off the ballot at the Wednesday, October 11th City Council Meeting.

“I should have listened to my district leaders and knocked him off the ballot but I didn’t,” Mr. Keller says with regret during the public speaking portion of Wednesday’s council meeting (see video below). Then he publicly pronounced his support for the New Vision Party composed of City Council candidates, Angela Neil, Steve Facendo and Robin Myers and Candidate for Comptroller Walidah Aime.

“The Republican Party is supporting the New Vision Party candidates. All my district leaders are on board,” Mr. Keller announced.

The Democratic Party greatly outnumbers the Republican Party in the city of Mount Vernon, but with somewhere near 2700 registered voters,  in a close race, the GOP could make the difference.

Mr. Keller also said he believes Councilman Wallace’s account of what happened in the confrontation with Butch Thomas.

“I believe Andre Wallace’s story is the accurate one,” Mr. Keller said.

Black Westchester is currently in the process of trying to set up a City Council debate between the Democratic Party candidates, Marcus Griffith, Delia Farquharson and Janice Duarte and the New Vision Party candidates for either Sunday, October 29th or Sunday, November 5th, live on air on the People Before Politics Radio Show. We are just waiting for confirmation from 2 of the candidates.

The New Vision Party candidates appeared on PBP Radio, Sunday, October 8th, click here if you missed the show or want to see it again.

City Council video by Jamie Pessin


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