Faith community holds vigil praying for voter support

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Members of the faith community came together Sunday evening for a vigil asking voters to support Issue 44 and Issue 53 on the ballot box.

Members with the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati, The AMOS Project, and Faith Community Alliance gathered at Washington Park to pray for voter support.

"No matter what's going on nationally we can vote for children and families through Issue 44, which is for preschool and Cincinnati public schools and Issue 53 for children services," AMOS Project Director Troy Jackson said.

The group said that Issue 44 is a partnership between Cincinnati Public Schools and Cincinnati Preschool Promise, which is overseen by United Way. They said it would expand access to high-quality preschool programs for children in Cincinnati.

"The faith leaders, we don't view this as a political situation. We view it as a moral situation," MARCC President Rabbi Margaret Meyer said.

Issue 53 is a renewal of a tax for the benefit children services.

FOX19 NOW reached out to the Coalition Opposed to Additional Taxes and Spending by phone to get its take on the issues. We haven't received a response, but a post on their website asks voters to vote 'no' on Issue 44 underscoring cost.

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