Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis has announced recently retired Police Officer Loyad Booker, Jr. as his fifth and final running mate.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Loyad Booker has already proven himself to be a selfless and dedicated public servant, and I am proud to be running alongside him on my Council slate,” Davis said in a statement.
“Booker knows what it will take to keep our city safe and prioritize the wellbeing of our most vulnerable residents, like our seniors, children and others who need our help. I am confident that we will be able to work together to continue moving Bayonne forward.”
Booker is a lifelong resident of Bayonne, where he graduated from Bayonne High School before going on to attend Kean College and Jersey City State University.
A decorated combat veteran, Booker was deployed overseas during Operation Desert Storm as a communication specialist, earning the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Bronze Star.
He then worked for the Bayonne Police Department for 25 years until recently retiring, where he worked to improve community policing and crime prevention programs.
Booker is an instructor at the Hudson County Public Safety Training Center, helping newly hired officers prepare for the job. He is also married with three children.
“I’m running for City Council to improve public safety and quality of life here in Bayonne,” added Booker.
“I have spent my life fighting for my community during my service in the Army, as well as on the police force where I have prioritized community oriented policing, and worked with young people as a school resource officer and facilitator of the Dare and Crime Prevention Programs. I have long admired Mayor Davis’ leadership as a constituent, and am looking forward to working with his Administration to deliver for our city.”
Booker replaces Councilwoman-at-Large Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, who is challenging Davis for the mayor’s seat. If elected, Booker would be the first African American city council member in Bayonne history.
He joins incumbents Neil Carroll in the 1st Ward, Gary La Pelusa in the 3rd Ward, and Juan Perez at-large.
Additionally, Jacqueline Weimmer will run in the 2nd Ward, replacing Sal Gullace, who is not seeking reelection.
The Bayonne municipal elections are on May 10th and Nadrowski hasn’t unveiled any members of her ticket yet.