Denise Ridley, a Jersey City committeewoman since 2013, has announced she’ll be seeking the Ward A council seat in the November 7 election.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Although I am excited about the progress of our city, I am concerned about the direction of some of our neighborhood … I believe that it is time for new energy in Ward A. We need representation that is inclusive and keeps the residents first,” Ridley said in a statement.
“My campaign will seek to do that through a series of plans focusing on the topics that are most concerning to the residents. We need representation that does not simply point out the wrongs, but instead puts a plan in place to address the wrongs. I intend to do just that.”
She added that she will lay out a specific platform of issues facing the ward, as well as a blueprint to assist in the restoration of Ward A, in the coming weeks.
A lifelong resident of Ward A, Ridley is also a member of the Jersey City Rotary Club and the Jersey City Public Safety Advisory Board.
The only other candidate declared for Ward A council, Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Executive Director Pamela Johnson, also sits on the JCPSAB.
Ridley is on the short list of potential Ward A candidates to run on Mayor Steven Fulop’s re-election ticket, though other names such as local Board of Education Trustee Vidya Gangadin remain in the mix.
Fulop’s campaign is yet to announce their picks for Wards A, B, C, D and F.