District 31 Assembly candidate Bruce Alston announced he will no longer be running for public office at CafÃ© Sole in Jersey City, where he thanked all of his supporters after losing decisively.
â€œI believe that there is another chapter in my life. It includes public service but does not include elected public service,â€ said Alston.
On top of his list of people to thank was Pat Desmond, who was at one point Nicholas Chiaravallotiâ€™s campaign manager.
And despite his recent arrest, Rob Mays was also mentioned during his speech. â€œRobert Mays is my brother and if he is in trouble Iâ€™m in trouble,â€ said Alston, â€œthere was something that I possibly jumped the gun on and Robert accepted my apology.â€
He also thanked former Mayor Harvey Smith and former Jersey City Councilman Viola Richardson for supporting his campaign. “These two have a wealth of knowledge and a wealth of insight.â€
â€œThe people I really want to for this campaign is our young people,â€ said Alston. He spoke aboutÂ howÂ their involvementÂ with this campaign may have inspired them to work in politics or simplyÂ helped understand the value of voting when they turn 18.
And for HCDOâ€™s Chiaravalloti and McKnight, Alston announced:
â€œAs for Nicholas and Angela, we are going to be gracious and anything that Nicholas and Angela ask you for we will see if itâ€™s something that fits in to our platform and we will see what we can do to help them.â€
The Alston-Flores campaign headquarters will now be an office for the Urban Concerns of Hudson County, led by Alston. Urban Concerns is a non partisan community group that raises awareness and facilitate solutions to pending urban issues in Jersey City.