FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Students from Franklin High School's Junior Statesmen of America club invited Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) to the high school's auditorium for a question-answer session with students, Tuesday, June 12.
In addition to answering student questions, Watson Coleman discussed things that "keep her up at night" and her thoughts on the country's current administration.
"We are in a very serious environment here," Watson Coleman said. "We have an unchecked administration that is naming a lot of judges to the bench that are going to be problematic when it comes to looking at preserving and protecting things like DREAMERS rights, immigration focus, civil rights, voter rights and law enforcement accountability. So I am delighted to talk to you all because, you represent our future and you need to know what is happening and what is at stake."
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Watson Coleman fielded pre-selected questions from members of the JSA and random questions from social studies students. Students asked Watson Coleman her thoughts on gun violence, school safety, the future of the Democratic party, undocumented immigrants, political discourse and a host of other topics.
Watson Coleman encouraged students to get involved in politics regardless of what party they are looking to join. She also told students to be sure to hold their political leaders accountable.
"I am very impressed with the diversity of questions, and your diversity of interest," Watson Coleman said. "Hang in there, hold us accountable, be friends to one another, and support one another, and show up when we need you to show up. And if you are 17 going to be 18 by November, please vote."
Deputy Mayor Shanel Robinson who is running for a Somerset County Freeholder seat was also in attendance with her running mate Sary Sooy.
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