By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œI will continue to work for the expansion of business and promotion of diversity, while preserving our heritage and will work hard to earn the people’s support in November,” Billy said in a statement.
“As one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we have the opportunity and responsibility to be a model city on how to live together and for each other.”
Billy, 35, a broadcaster who has appeared on PBS, CNN, HLN and Showbiz Tonight, is well-known in the community for organizing rallies, such as a January protest against Trump’s immigration order and a February event where many spoke out against Trump revoking transgender bathroom rules.
The candidate is also a board member for the Hudson Pride Connections Center and the Jersey City Diversity and Inclusion, as well as the co-founder of the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival and the co-chair of the Jersey City Pride festival.
Billy will challenge incumbent Candice Osborne, who is currently running on Mayor Steven Fulop’s re-election ticket. He would be the first openly gay official to be elected to the council if his campaign ends up being a successful one.