Jersey City Ward D council hopeful Freire submits 536 petitions to city clerk’s office

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Jersey City Ward D council candidate Danielle Freire submitted 536 petitions of nomination to the city clerk’s office earlier this week, over double the amount needed to get on the November 2nd ballot.

Jersey City Ward D council candidate Danielle Freire.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Freire for City Council is giving the Heights community a chance to restore its independent voice and bring real authentic leadership that responds to residents, not political agendas. For the over 500 community members that signed our petition, there’s an opportunity to imagine a more resilient and independent Ward D,” Freire said in a statement.

In order to be on the ballot, Freire must submit a minimum of 227 valid signatures from registered voters in Ward D. Her campaign submitted 536 paper petitions, of which over 400 were estimated to be valid, on August 3rd.

“We need our elected officials to be accountable and responsive to the people who live in the Heights. I am supporting Danielle Freire for Ward D because she has integrity and will fight for the community that she loves,” added Heights resident Mo Kinberg, who ran for the Ward D seat in 2017.

“She knows the needs of our community not only because she grew up here but because also knows how to listen and how to engage residents in policy.”

In addition, the campaign produced instructional how-to videos for submitting electronic petitions in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Tagalog as a way to increase accessibility and participation in the electoral process.

“This incredible grassroots campaign is inspiring and galvanizing young people all over this city. Danielle is recruiting young volunteers, listening to their opinions and concerns, and teaching them about what it means to be a genuine community representative. Together, we are just getting started, and the best is yet to come!,” noted Jai Jhaveri, the volunteer coordinator for Freire’s campaign.