HAWTHORNE, NJ - Craig Cayetano has put down in writing that he and his campaign will refuse to accept any money from sources "whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution of sale of oil, gas and coal" according to a statement released Monday. Cayetano is running as the Green Party candidate and is seeking to serve as Ward 3 Councilman in Hawthorne, running against incumbent Republican Gary Sinning and Democrat challenger Kimberly Maciejewski.
"I pledge to the people of Hawthorne that, as a Green Party candidate for Hawthorne Town Council, I will take no money from the fossil fuels industry," Cayetano said in a statement. "The original pledge sets a limit of $200 per candidate who signs it, but I’ve gone further than that. I pledge to accept no money at all from the fossil fuels industry. Since I am independent of the two mainstream political parties, you can be confident that I will not compromise when it comes to protecting the environment. I will be beholden to no company with a special interest in making profits from the sale or use of fossil fuels, one of the primary contributors to global warming and climate change."
The Green Party is particularly concerned with environmental causes, and Cayetano's campaign asserted that the pledge represented his desire to protect future generations. "I am inspired by youth locally and across this country taking action regarding the current climate chaos happening. We need to move Hawthorne, New Jersey and the U.S. away from its dependence on fossil fuels for energy use."
Cayetano made his announcement standing outside of Hawthorne High School, a video of which can been seen here.
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