Jersey City Ward D Councilman Saleh wins special election in blowout to maintain seat


Jersey City Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh maintained his council seat in a blowout in today’s special election to finish the term of the late Michael Yun.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Saleh notched 4,846 votes, or 58.52 percent of the vote, compared to 1,322 votes, or 15.96 percent of the vote for Patrick Ambrossi – the second place finisher – according to preliminary tallies from the Hudson County Clerk’s Office.

“I would like to thank everybody in the Jersey City Heights who came out and voted as well as everyone from the team who came out and helped campaign to bring him over the threshold. The election for 2021 starts tomorrow,” said campaign manger David Cruz.

Saleh, who was appointed to the post in April after Yun died of complications from COVID-19, and ran to finish his term with the full support of Mayor Steven Fulop.

He squared off with four opponents at the polls: Ambrossi, attorney and activist Cynthia Hadjiyannis, retired firefighter Rafael Torres, and first time candidate Lenny Lambert.

Following tonight’s result, Fulop confirmed that Saleh will be running on his ticket next year, making him the sixth incumbent to join his 2021 re-election bid.

Council members Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Jermaine Robinson, Joyce Watterman, and Daniel Rivera announced they’d be running with the mayor again at his campaign kickoff event in February.

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