Hoboken 5th Ward Council candidate Melissa Blanco told Hudson County View that she is “taking a stand for the Constitution, our federal laws and state laws” by running in the November 3 election.Â
“Well, I didn’t actually have too much of a choice,” Blanco responded when asked outside of city hall – after filing her petitions of nomination – why she was challenging incumbent Peter Cunningham, going on to state that the council was routinely not following state and federal laws when handling city business.
Blanco is a longtime antagonist of Mayor Dawn Zimmer and hasn’t been shy in sharing her opinions on social media and on website message forums.
” … Unfortunately in the city, I suppose not everyone can be a hero, be a whistleblower … they couldn’t do anything saying the mayor’s hands are tied, with the mayor doing nothing against the city and the layers of government.”
Blanco concluded by stating that while she wouldn’t mind if other write-in candidates join the fray, she also runs against Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Eduardo Gonzalez, shows they are running for the right reasons, she still believes she is seeking office for the greater good.