Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and his team have officially pulled off a sweep after provisional ballots have been counted.
Davis, elected to a third term, finished last week about 75 votes ahead of the 50 plus 1 runoff threshold and is about 105 to 120 over today, Hudson County Board of Elections Clerk Michael Harper told HCV.
While Davis had a convincing lead on Election Night, 50.81 percent of the vote to 42.67 for Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, 288 provisional votes still had to be tabulated before certifying the results – which the Hudson County Clerk’s Office will do by the end of the day.
The HCCO’s website currently shows 4,899 ballots cast for Davis and 4,124 for Ashe-Nadrowski.
Retired Police Officer Loyad Booker, who ran for a council-at-large seat with Team Davis, was just a dozen or so votes from avoiding a runoff, but increased that lead to about 50-60 votes today, Harper said.
Booker will be the first Black councilman in Peninsula City history.
The mayor’s slate had already secured definitive victories in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wards, via Councilman Neil Carroll, Jacqueline Weimmer, and Councilman Gary La Pelusa, respectively.
Additionally, Councilman-at-Large Juan Perez finished in second place behind Booker.
Davis called a sweep at his victory party at The Chandelier Restaurant on Tuesday, while Ashe-Nadrowski said she was expecting a runoff.
She did not immediately respond to an inquiry about what she plans to do next, but state statutes say she has until May 27th to file for a recount and until June 11th to contest the election.
The Bayonne inaugurations for the mayor and council are currently scheduled for July 1st at City Hall.