With the Jersey City runoff elections just six days away, Ward E candidate Rebecca Symes has snagged another endorsement, this time from Freeholder (D-4)/County Clerk-elect E. Junior Maldonado.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œHaving known this community so well all of my life, I know that Rebecca is the best candidate to represent the residents of Downtown Jersey City,” Maldonado said in a statement.
“Rebecca has unmatched experience, including serving in a senior staff role with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, working for a nonprofit focused on affordable housing and through her extensive experience in the private sector. Her passion for community service, and ability to get things done make her the best choice to represent us.”
Maldonado, who will be sworn in as the Hudson County Clerk on January 4th, also served as the Ward E Councilman from 2001 through 2005.
His endorsement of Symes follows suit of other local elected officials including current Ward E Councilwoman Candice Osborne, Councilman at-Large Daniel Rivera and former Ward E council hopeful Nick Grillo.
“I am honored to have the support of Junior Maldonado, someone who has a deep connection to Downtown Jersey City and understands as well as anyone the role city government can play in improving people’s lives,” added Symes.
“His support in this runoff election adds to our momentum, with residents joining our campaign to keep moving Jersey City forward. If elected, I will work diligently with Clerk-elect Maldonado and all Hudson County officials to make sure the needs of Downtown are being met.”
Symes is facing off with James Solomon in the December 5th runoff, who she defeated by 735 votes earlier this month.
Although a clear underdog, he does have support from former Board of Education Trustee Ellen Simon, as well as ex-BOE PresidentÂ Sangeeta Ranande and recent Ward E council opponent Jake Hudnut.