Hoboken 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos announced his re-election bid in an email blast this morning, with a campaign kickoff set for next week.
“It is with your support that I am excited to announce that I am running for re-election as the City Council representative for Hoboken’s 4th Ward. I am kicking off my campaign with a fundraiser on April 27th at 6pm at Northern Soul restaurant and I hope you can attend!,” Ramos wrote.
“I’m eager to build on the progress we’ve already made such as acquiring the Academy site to further expand the Southwest Park, redeveloping the Chambord building with a much needed neighborhood supermarket and continuing our work to improve the traffic flow in SW Hoboken. This is a crucial time for our city and we have a lot to do.”
He continued that he’s eager to see through other projects such as revitalizing the housing authority, rehabilitating the Multi-Service Center, and finalizing plans for city-owned land at 2nd and Harrison Streets.
Ramos became the city’s youngest councilman, 25, first elected to serve the 4th Ward in 1999. Two years later, he successfully ran for an at-large seat with then-Mayor Dave Roberts, and he held onto the post until July 2009.
He also served as the state Assembly of the 33rd Legislative District between 2008 and 2014, unsuccessfully challenging Mayor Dawn Zimmer in 2013.
He then ran for his old gig, 4th Ward councilman, in 2015 and has served in that role ever since.
He is the third incumbent to state he’s seeking re-election, following 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco and 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen.
While DeFusco and Cohen have declared challengers in Paul Presinzano and Liz Urtecho, respectively, no one has announced a run in the 4th Ward yet besides Ramos.
The non-partisan Hoboken ward council races are on November 7th.