After months of speculation, Hoboken Ward 2 Councilwoman Beth Mason has announced, on the day that petitions for nomination are due, that she won’t be seeking re-election on November 3.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Mason, who was first elected to the post in 2007, announced this morning that she would not be seeking a third term.
“It has been an honor to represent the people of Hoboken’s 2nd Ward on the City Council,” Mason said in a prepared statement. “Hoboken is a great place to live and raise a family, and I will continue to stay involved to help improve Hoboken’s quality of life. I am proud of my two terms on the City Council.”
” … I plan to continue standing up for the causes I’ve always believed in because I believe in Hoboken and the great people who love our community.”
Mason added that she plans on remaining a voice in the community on issues such as the “Monarch at the Shipyard” project.
She did not provide a specific reason for not entering the fray on November 3, where the council seats for wards 1 through 6 are up for grabs.
Mason ran for mayor twice in 2009, with Peter Cammarano winning in May and Dawn Zimmer winning in November.
A special election was necessary after Cammarano was arrested on bribery charges as part of Operation Bid Rig III, which, in part, created the rift between Mason and Zimmer – who actually started their political careers in Hoboken as allies.
City Zoning Board member Tiffanie Fisher, who has the support of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and Board of Education Trustee Peter Biancamano are at least two of the candidates that will vie for Mason’s spot on the council.