Jason O’Donnell wants to debate Jimmy Davis three times before the May 8 election for Mayor of Bayonne — one in each of the city’s three wards.
Calling for a multitude of debates is an old political tactic, and possibly a win-win for O’Donnell. Either he gets the incumbent mayor to debate him three times, or he gets to spend the next two months criticizing Davis for his refusal to debate.
Davis is seeking re-election to a second term. He ousted incumbent Mark Smith in 2014 and now faces O’Donnell, a former Assemblyman and Smith’s staunchest political ally.
“Since this campaign began we have heard from thousands of residents throughout the city unhappy with Jimmy Davis’ leadership. Instead of continuing to duck behind his many taxpayer funded, out of town mouthpieces, Mayor Davis should accept my offer to debate me in the three wards across the city”, O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell says he has participated in nearly twenty Q&A forums in the homes of Bayonne residents, while Davis has been running to photo ops and trying to convince people that his tax breaks for wealthy developers and taxpayer funded lawsuit settlements are somehow good news for anyone besides his friends.”
“Voters deserve to hear from us directly on what we will both do as mayor about the many issues facing our city as well as on our overall vision for Bayonne’s long-term future. Jimmy showed four years ago he will say anything to be elected before immediately going back on his word,” said O’Donnell. “As a life-long resident of this city raising his own family in the dark cloud of this mayor’s bad decisions, I’m sure that’s just one of the many things people would like to know more about.”