Solomon raises $81k in 2nd quarter, has $126k cash on hand for Jersey City Ward E race

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Jersey City Ward E Councilman James Solomon raised $81,116.68 during the second quarter of 2021, with $126,261.92 cash on hand, according to a campaign finance report filed last week.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

This quarter the Downtown council received contributions from 621 different donors, 380 of which live in Jersey City, with an average donation of about $50, based a July 14th report filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC).

“I am always humbled when hardworking people are willing to support our campaign with grassroots donations,” Solomon said in a statement.

“There is a clear difference in this race between our people-driven campaign and the political machine that’s trying to regain control of downtown. I am proud to have the support of the community, not the machine and its developer donors.”

Some notable contributors include $2,000 from labor union 32BJ SEIU on June 29th, $500 from Healco CEO Kirat Kharode on April 15th, $500 from former Board of Education Trustee Ellen Simon on June 30th, and $1,000 from Hudson County Progressive Alliance leader Amy Torres on June 11th.

Solomon has centered his re-election race on a platform of strong public schools, more affordable housing, and key infrastructure improvements that previous administrations have long neglected such as new schools, new parks, and safer streets for pedestrians.

In the first quarter of the year, Solomon raised $86,276 from 1,016 different donors and he is yet to receive a donation from a Jersey City real estate developer.