Hoboken Councilman-at-Large/mayoral hopeful Ravi Bhalla has unveiled his running mates for the November 7th election: Council colleague James Doyle, gun safety advocate Emily Jabbour and city Democratic committeeman John Allen.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œTogether, Jim Doyle, Emily Ball Jabbour and John Allen combine proven experience with new ideas and energy. Thatâ€™s the right combination to keep Hoboken moving forward,” Bhalla said in a statement.
â€œJim Doyle has been an outstanding and invaluable member of the City Council with an impressive record of accomplishment. Emily Jabbour and John Allen bring the skills, smarts and fresh approaches we need. They will be great additions to the Council,” added Zimmer.
As Hudson County View first reported yesterday that Doyle, who was appointed to the council in October 2012, would be seeking re-election on Bhalla’s slate.
Joining him are Jabbour, who founded the Hudson County chapter of the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, and Allen, who is a lawyer for the firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, where he specializes in the representation of governmental bodies.
Jabbour is also a senior social science research analyst for the Administration for Children and Families, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Bhalla, who has the backing of incumbent Dawn Zimmer (who won’t be seeking a third term), is the first mayoral candidate to reveal his full council ticket.
1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco has previously unveiled Michael Flett and Andrew Impastato as two of his running mates, while no other mayoral candidates have shown their hand yet.
Also in the mix for the mayoral contest are Council President Jen Giattino, Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), former Councilman Angelo Valente, business owner Karen Nason, local activist Ronald Bautista and perennial candidate Pat Waiters.