By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“My office interviewed each of the candidates and have been asking around and observing their campaigns. To replace me on the city council I want someone who will work hard, who will be pragmatic and who understands downtown Jersey City,” Osborne said in an email blast this afternoon.
“While I am certain many of the candidates possessed two of the three characteristics that most mattered to me in this election, I feel that only one person successfully demonstrated all three of them to me – Rebecca Symes.”
Osborne continued to explain her decision by noting that Symes filed over 1,000 petitions for nomination, that she understands the role a councilperson is supposed to play and has served the community as a Trustee for both the Jersey City Library Board and the Liberty Science Center.
“It is such an honor to be endorsed by someone like Candice Osborne who has been a devoted public servant and an excellent representative for Downtown Jersey City,” Symes aid in a statement.
“Whoever succeeds Candice has tremendous shoes to fill, because she has always brought so much to the table as an elected official. I am proud that she has recognized that I am the right choice to continue her legacy and so excited to have her support as we move closer to election day.”
Symes, one of five running in the Ward E council race, also recently received the support of the Hudson County Central Labor Council.
She entered the race in June, days after Osborne announced she would not be seeking re-election.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop does not have a Ward E candidate running on his ticket and has said he will not be endorsing anyone in that race.