Jersey City Chief Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut has submitted 801 petitions to the clerk’s office, all but ensuring he’ll be a candidate in the Ward E council race.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I am deeply humbled and grateful for the support that I have received from my community as well as the trust that LGBTQ+ leaders throughout the state have shown in my campaign,” Hudnut said in a statement.
“While I pledge to be a representative for all of Downtown, this is a historic moment for LGBTQ representation in Jersey City and I wanted to take the opportunity to mark that occasion by filing our first round of petitions today.”
Hudnut would be the first openly gay elected Jersey City council member if successful in defeating incumbent James Solomon and noted that he will continue to collect signatures until the August 30th deadline.
“If elected, Jake Hudnut would be a historic Councilman. Jersey City deserves representation from the LGBTQ community fighting for real progressive change in city government,” said Christian Fuscarino, the executive director of Garden State Equality Action Fund.
Hudnut is running on Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket and the non-partisan municipal elections are set for November 2nd.