The Washington, D.C.-based LGBTQ Victory Fund is endorsing Jersey City Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut in the Ward E council race, calling him “a proven public servant” who “will work tirelessly” for downtown.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Victory Fund’s endorsement means a great deal. I am running to increase diversity on the City Council, and to be a voice for all of Jersey City,” Hudnut, who would be the first openly gay elected city councilman, said in a statement.
“Victory Fund does the important work of uplifting LGBTQ candidates, and I am honored to be among the candidates across the country that they are supporting this fall.”
The LGBTQ Victory Fund is dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials in all levels of government.
Endorsed candidates must demonstrate support from the LGBTQ community, a commitment to civil rights and reproductive freedom, and a realistic path to winning, according to their website.
“We are pleased to endorse Jake Hudnut for Jersey City Council Ward E,” noted LGBTQ Victory Fund President and CEO Annise Parker, a former Houston, Texas mayor.
“Prosecutor Hudnut is a proven public servant and we are confident that he will be the best representative for Ward E. He will work tirelessly to improve quality of life for all of Downtown Jersey City, and make history as the first out LGBTQ person elected to the City Council.”
Hudnut also has the support of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees, Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus, and the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.
Running on Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket, he’s looking to unseat Ward E Councilman James Solomon in the non-partisan November 2nd municipal elections.