The Progressive Democrats of Hudson County have rolled out their city council endorsements for Jersey City and Hoboken, supporting nine candidates that include just two incumbents.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“These candidates have shown, and pledged, their independence from real estate developers, police unions, and party bosses, a trait that’s crucial for the accountability of our city governments,” PDHC President Ron Bautista said in a statement.
“We’re excited to support their efforts to activate neighbors in the fight for equality, accessibility and the inclusion of underserved communities in a tangible way.”
In Jersey City, the group is backing Ward E Councilman James Solomon and Councilman-at-Large Rolando Lavarro for re-election, along with supporting Joel Brooks, Kevin Bing, Danielle Freire, and Frank “Educational” Gilmore in Ward B, C, D, and F, respectively.
They’re also endorsing Chris Gadsden for council-at-large, opting not to endorse in Ward A or for the third council-at-large seat up for grabs, as well as sitting out the mayor’s race between incumbent Steven Fulop and Lewis Spears.
In the Mile Square City, where 10 candidates (including three backed by Mayor Ravi Bhalla, two incumbents) are competing for three council-at-large seats, they endorsed two thirds of the “Independently Together” slate: Cheryl Fallick and Sheila Brennan.
They did not endorse a candidate for the third at-large seat or in the mayoral contest, though Bhalla is running unopposed.
The non-partisan Jersey City municipal elections are on November 2nd, with early voting available between October 23rd and October 31st.