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State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.
State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Cunningham unsure if Franco has earned second chance

Bayonne Council candidate convicted of having sex with a child in 2008

By Nikita Biryukov, October 24 2019 1:35 pm

State Sen. Sandra Cunningham said she believes people deserve second chances, but she isn’t sure whether a Bayonne Council candidate who was convicted of having sex with a child has earned one.

“It’s a difficult one. I stand by my belief that people deserve second chances, and I don’t know all the circumstances involved with this,” Cunningham said. “I know that’s a horrific thing to happen. I don’t know how he has corrected his life or if he has corrected his life.”

Peter Franco, a constant critic of Mayor Jimmy Davis, was convicted for having sex with a child by an Army court martial in 2008.

Franco was issued a bad conduct discharge for the incident.

The Hudson County View first reported Franco’s court martial.

Franco faces incumbent Neil Carroll III, who was appointed earlier this year after Tom Cotter resigned to become Bayonne’s Public Works Director, and challengers John Cupo and Paul Hagdorn.

The winner will serve the remaining 32 months of Cotter’s term.

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    1. Mr. Franco has been offered the chance to respond in the past, but has not returned calls. We have stopped asking.

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