Rebecca Symes is first Jersey City Ward E council candidate to file petitions

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In what looks to be a tough race to call, Rebecca Symes, a former aide to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), became the first candidate to file petitions for nomination for the Jersey City Ward E council seat.

Jersey City Ward E council candidate Rebecca Symes was the first candidate to file petitions for nomination today. Photo courtesy of the Symes campaign.
Jersey City Ward E council candidate Rebecca Symes was the first candidate to file petitions for nomination today. Photo courtesy of the Symes campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Ever since this campaign began a few weeks ago, the outpouring of support I have received from across this community has been truly overwhelming,” Symes said in a statement.

Earlier today the candidate filed 354 petitions for nomination, with 254 needed to get on the November 7th ballot. She also said she plans on filing “significantly more” between now and the September 5th deadline.

“That support is reflected in the petitions we filed today, but also in the many Downtown neighbors who attended our kickoff event or have signed up to volunteer their time to help.”

Symes added that she is grateful there is a groundswell of support to continue “to make Jersey City a national model for government innovation and progressive policies.”

She began her campaign in June after incumbent Ward E Councilwoman Candice Osborne announced that she would not seek re-election.

Those expected to challenge Symes include LGBTQ activist Michael Billy, funeral home director and longtime Jersey City resident Nick Grillo, Evict Trump-Kushner activist James Solomon, and Jake Hudnut, mayoral challenger Bill Matsikoudis’ running mate.

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