Tuesday November 3rd is election day. Jersey City will be electing two members of the State Assembly, the County Executive, and three school board members. In addition, Jersey City residents will be asked to vote in a non-binding referendum concerning moving city elections from May until November.
The State Assembly and County elections are partisan elections. The Democratic candidates, endorsed by the Hudson County Democratic Organization and the Jersey City Democratic Organization are Angela McKnight and Nicholas Chiaravalloti. The Democratic candidate for County Executive is incumbent Tom DeGise.
The School Board Election is a non-partisan election. The candidates endorsed by the JCDO are the “Education Matters” slate of Vidya Gangadin, Marilyn Roman, and John Reichart. A fourth candidate, Gina Verdibello is running as an independent.
Finally, the ballot will ask whether Jersey City residents want to move Mayoral and Council elections to November. Currently these elections are in May. The decision on the issue will be made by the City Council but the Council has previously asked for the referendum to see what city residents believe.
For those in my district, Ward E, District 6 (Liberty Harbor and part of the Van Vorst Park district) , your polling place is Frank R. Conwell No. 3 Elementary School, located at 111 Bright Street (between Varick and Monmouth Streets).
This is the first time since 1989 that the Assembly races are at the top of the ballot. As such, many prognosticators are saying that this will be one of the lowest turnout elections ever. I am asking my district residents and all other Jersey residents to do their part to prove that wrong. Our democracy is too important to be tarnished with low voter turnout. Please get out there and vote.