Jersey City Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh has released his campaign kickoff video ahead of his November 3rd election bid where he squares off with four challengers.
Appointed to the council following the unexpected COVID-19-related death of late Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, Saleh says he believes he is feeling a lot of energy and momentum behind his campaign, evidenced by the 1,000 petitions for nomination he submitted.
“I wanted this video to really tell my story, because it’s Jersey City’s story too. My parents came here to raise their children and give us a better life, and I have always worked hard to honor their sacrifices and give back to the community that gave us so much,” he said in a statement.
“I’m running for City Council to continue serving the public and moving the Heights forward for each and every person who lives here, and I’m honored and humbled at the outpouring of support we continue to receive every day from neighbors who agree with our vision and want to be part of this campaign.”
The video depicts Saleh as a student of both Public School No. 28, as well as McNair Academic High School where he was class present.
In present day, he is shown handing out face masks and visiting local businesses during the current public health emergency.
Saleh is facing opposition in fellow lifelong resident Patrick Ambrossi, attorney/activist Cynthia Hadjiyannis, retired firefighter Rafael Torres, and first time candidate Lenny Lambert.
The Ward D special election is on November 3rd and will be contested primarily via vote-by-mail ballots.