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Cohen and Fraga Announce Joint Campaign for Council -- 'Many Voices, One Community'

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Democrats Leticia Fraga and David Cohen announced they will run a united campaign for the two openings on Princeton Council with the slogan, "Many Voices, One Community." "We want to spend more time listening than talking," said Fraga. "We want to know what people are concerned about."

Cohen noted that the candidates are available every Wednesday, from 8 to 9 a.m., at Bon Appetit in the Princeton Shopping Center for coffee and conversation with constituents. They are also setting up other times to meet in various neighborhoods. "We will be walking throughout Princeton to introduce ourselves and to encourage people to vote in the Primary election on June 6, which is especially important because Democrats will be choosing a candidate for governor," Cohen added. While there are six candidates, polls show three frontrunners, Phil Murphy, John Wisniewski, and Jim Johnson.

Also on the ballot are Democratic candidates for the State Assembly and Senate, including incumbents Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler, and Mercer County Freeholders Lucy Walter and John Cimino.

Born in Mexico, Fraga was raised in Washington State where she worked for a number of years as a mediator in the county office of Civil Rights Enforcement in Seattle. She was also appointed to Seattle's Civil Rights Commission and to the city's Police and Community Relations committee. Since coming to Princeton almost two decades ago, Ms. Fraga has been active on a variety of government and non-profit boards including the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the YWCA, Princeton Community Housing and the Princeton Human Services Commission. Last year she was involved in the successful effort to reconstitute a Civil Rights Commission in Princeton, which she now chairs. Ms. Fraga's husband, Steven Nadler, is an executive at Bristol Myers Squibb. The couple have two children in middle school.

David Cohen is an architect focused on eco-friendly design and the role of the built environment in shaping livable communities. He has used his professional expertise in the service of the town for many years, most recently as a member of the municipal Planning Board and the Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee. Cohen believes the rapid pace of growth and change in Princeton must be effectively managed by Council in order to ensure that community priorities are appropriately reflected. Cohen, who decided to run after participating in the Women's March on Washington, said, "With the current dominance of the far right on the national scene, local politics provide a crucial way to advocate for our progressive values and democratic institutions." In their three decades in Princeton, Cohen and his wife, Liz Cohen, a Clinical Hospice Social Worker in the Princeton Healthcare System, have raised three children and been active in local Democratic politics. David Cohen has been a member of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee and served as Treasurer and President of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO).

The Fraga-Cohen campaign is managed by Princeton native Thomas "Tommy" Parker, who has worked at Princeton University since 1979 and is President of Princeton's Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 175. Parker is a Campus Ambassador for the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, and was Co-Chair and a founding member of the Association of Black and Latino Employees at Princeton University. In 2011, Parker received the University's Journey Award for Lifetime Service as an advocate and adviser to co-workers, and dedication to community service. For more than 30 years Parker coached local sports teams and was a co-founder of Committed Princetonians, a youth mentoring and educational support program. Parker has also chaired the Joint Civil Rights Committee in Princeton and facilitated dialogues on race relations, police and community relations, and the minority achievement gap. Other members of the campaign team are Helen Heintz, Treasurer; Mia Sacks, Communications; Andrea Bradley, Outreach; and Scotia MacRae, Chair of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee. # # #

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