People Before Politics Radio Show interviews Mount Vernon City Council Candidate Janice Duarte, running on the Democrat and Independence Party lines, hopes to make history as the first Portuguese candidate to win an office in Westchester County.
Born and bred in Mt. Vernon, she is a first generation American of Portuguese descent. Janice is the first in her family to go to college and graduated from Columbia University. In the General Election on Tuesday, November 3rd, she achieves to make history as the first elected official of Portuguese descent in Westchester County.
Janice’s roots in Mt. Vernon are strong and run deep. 50 years ago, when Janice’s grandparents made the decision to leave Portugal in search of a better life, on her father’s side, they went to Venezuela, where her dad grew up, and on her mother’s side they came to Mt. Vernon, where her mom grew up and graduated from Mount Vernon High School.
It was here in Mt. Vernon, that Janice’s parents met for the first time. When they married, they decided to start and raise their family in Mt. Vernon. Janice’s parents, brother, and grandmother still live in Mt. Vernon.
She understands how different happenings can have different impacts on one’s life and across generations. As a member a future member of the Mt. Vernon City Council, Janice is cognizant of how decisions affect all residents of Mt. Vernon. She understands the need for us to be ONE Mt. Vernon and to have a government the serves all its residents and not just a select few.
Janice tells PBP Radio that she is a much-needed, new independent and democratic voice, to move Mt Vernon forward in a new direction so that the City delivers on the basics and residents can S.E.E. their future: Safety, Education & Employment.
We sat down with Duarte to find out why she is running, why she feels the people should vote for her, what she brings to the table, who she is and where has she come from. See video below as Janice answers all these questions and more.