Vernon Richardson, an aide to Mayor Steven Fulop who served as the chief of staff to late Ward D Councilman Michael Yun up until his passing last April, has launched a website dedicated to his Ward F council run.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Vernon served as Deputy Press Secretary for the Mayor of the City of New York, Press Secretary to Representative Maxine Waters, Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus, and Radio Communications Manager for the Democratic Technology & Communications Committee in Washington DC,” the about section of his website says.
” … Most recently, Vernon was Regional Immigration Organizer in New Jersey for President Obama’s grassroots organization Organizing for America. He spent three years as Chief-of Staff to Councilman Michael Yun. He is currently Aide to the Mayor of the City of Jersey City.”
As far as his policy perspectives are concerned, he writes about performing racial impact studies to keep housing affordable to all, imposing a fee on landlords for empty commercial units – while turning empty long-term units into affordable retails shops – and to “completely overhaul how we police our city.”
As far as public safety is concerned, Richardson commits to holding officers accountable for misconduct, reallocating resources to Black and Latinx communities, and calling for officers to live in Jersey City.
While Richardson works for the mayor, Fulop named Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson to his ticket back in February 2020, so all indications are that Richardson will be running as an independent.
However, as of 4:45 p.m. this afternoon, Richardson had not filed any paperwork with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC), according to their online database, despite his website noting he had done so already.
The Ward F council race also currently features community activist Frank “Educational” Gilmore, who filed his D-1 form with ELEC back in February.
Richardson did not immediately return an email or text message seeking comment.