Jersey City Mayor Fulop announces Ridley as Ward A council candidate

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has announced Committeewoman Denise Ridley as the Ward A council candidate that will run on his re-election ticket.

Fulop tweeted this morning that Ridley will be joining his ticket, which also includes incumbents Rolando Lavarro, Candice Osborne, Daniel Rivera and Joyce Watterman ahead of the November 7 election.

The mayor’s informal announcement comes two days after Ridley hosted a packed campaign kickoff fundraiser of about 150 to 200 people at La Mexicana on Tuesday evening.

During her public remarks, Ridley said that three of her main focuses of the campaign will be addressing crime, property taxes and redevelopment.

“In speaking on crime, what I’ve decided to do, is put forth a five-point crime reduction plan, and I don’t want that just to be my plan that I force on you, what my team plans to do is hold a community meeting, and those details will be available soon,” she explained.

” … And once we create that plan, we can then present those ideas to the proper authorities in the city and see if they can do anything with them.”

Dignitaries that attended the event included Lavarro, Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2) and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31).

Last week, Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement Executive Director Pamela Johnson hosted her campaign kickoff, which also had a solid turnout of about a couple hundred guests, according to several attendees.

The only other declared candidate is Hudson County jail employee Rick Johnson, who is running on mayoral challenger Bill Matsikoudis’ slate, but former Jersey City Democratic Organization Chair Joe Conte and Board of Education Trustee Vidya Gangadin are also heavily rumored to enter the fray.