For Immediate Release
Saratoga Springs Public Safety Candidates Scheduled for Immigration Forum on October 7.
“Immigration, Public Safety and Community” will be the subject of discussion on October 7 between Robin Dalton and Kendall Hicks, candidates for the position of Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner. The event will begin at 6:00 PM at the Presbyterian—New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs. Terry Diggory of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition, the event sponsor, will moderate the discussion.
“Although immigration is currently debated as an issue of national security, public safety at the local level requires fostering a community where everyone, including immigrants, can feel safe and welcome,” said Diggory.
Dalton, who is running as a Republican, said: “Saratoga Springs has benefitted enormously from the economic contributions of our immigrant population, yet the language surrounding immigration policy is almost exclusively negative. Beyond just the challenges, the Commissioner of Public Safety should take opportunities to highlight the positive contributions and benefits an immigrant population brings to Saratoga Springs.”
Hicks, who is running as a Democrat, said: “The cultural quilt of ethnic diversity that is Saratoga Springs is one of our greatest assets. It makes sense to work with existing resources, to work toward eliminating those practices that are not in the best interest of our citizens and community while strengthening the practices that keep us a safe and welcoming community of positive opportunities for all.”
At the forum, each candidate will address a series of prepared questions and then respond to questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.