In a letter to the editor, Hoboken mayoral hopeful Ronald Bautista explains his candidacy and why he thinks he’s qualified to run in a crowded field.
I’ve lived in Hoboken since I was 12 years old. I went to Hoboken High School, learned to play soccer here, and made lifelong friends that I still bump into on my way home after a long day. I love Hoboken.
For years, this city has given me and my family so much that I’ve always felt obligated and passionate about giving back which is why on May 3rd I announced my candidacy for Mayor of Hoboken.
Becoming a community organizer was a pivotal moment for me and the first time I mobilized those efforts was when the Port Authority proposed a 1AM curfew for the PATH train service.
Being acutely aware of how this would impact workers and residents alike, I launched a petition and got over 3,000 signatures, even though the Port Authority claimed only 2,000 people would be affected.
In galvanizing the efforts of different communities to pressure our institutions, we secured a win: a continued 24-hour PATH train service for everyone.
That was when I realized that when people voice their concerns and are given an honest representation by their community leaders, things simply get done. I’ve loved the democratic process ever since.
I truly believe that politics is what unites us, and not what divides us.
I believe that together we can build a more people-friendly city; with more #TrafficFree options working closely with engineers, making it easier for people to live an #ActiveLife where street art and community gardens are prioritized, and promoting innovative #Entrepreneurship to help people become leaders in business, nonprofit and government.
Politics is what empowers us to find solutions to make our schools better, our housing more affordable, and our transportation systems safer and more accessible.
Even more, it’s when elected leaders should listen and fight for what is best for the people who elected them in the first place. I understand that many Hoboken residents are irritated because they don’t feel heard.
I want to create an open dialogue within our community — especially with those who don’t agree with me — so I can better understand their perspective and refocus that frustration into solutions.
If you see me, feel free to say hello. Let’s chat over coffee and build a better Hoboken for everyone!