On the steps of City Hall this morning, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced today that she will not be on the ballot in the upcoming Mayoral election. She was flanked by Councilman Ravinder Bhalla, who then announced his own candidacy for the office.
“I’ve decided not to seek re-election this November. This has been a very difficult decision, however, as many people know I consider the issue of climate change and resiliency to be an urgent issue facing our city, out state and our nation.” She added, “I’m extremely proud that Hoboken is on track to be protected by the impact of climate change,” citing Rebuild-By-Design initiatives and other municipal projects, “but while our city is on track, our country no longer is.”
Zimmer indicated an interest to become involved in the battle against climate change at a higher level. “Once I complete my Mayoral term,” she said, “I will decide on the best way that I can devote my time and energy to the fight against climate change.”
Hoboken’s 38th Mayor, and first female Mayor, Zimmer rose to prominence in 2009 following the arrest and eventual resignation of former Mayor Peter Cammarano III, who was snared in the FBI’s Operation: Bid Rig corruption investigation.
“It has been an honor serving as your mayor and I am extremely proud of all that my team and I have accomplished with your help. When I made the decision to run for City Council 10 years ago and then for Mayor 8 years ago, I wasn’t looking to start a long career in politics – I wanted to help my community at a time when we were facing major challenges and making important decisions about our future,” adding, “I believe I have accomplished that task.”
As for Bhalla, he enters an already crowded Hoboken Mayoral Campaign, with Councilman Michael DeFusco, businesswoman Karen Nason and activist Ronald Bautista currently in the race, and Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano (District 5) rumored to enter the race soon.
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