JERSEY CITY – In an earlier online posting, hudsonreporter.com stated that the three council-at-large candidates who received the highest number of votes in Tuesday night’s Jersey City municipal election had won their respective races.
City Clerk Robert Byrne clarified Wednesday that this is not the case. None of the three candidates – Rolando Lavarro Jr., Joyce Watterman, and Daniel Rivera – reached the required vote threshold to claim victory. To win a race, at least one candidate must receive 50 percent of the vote, plus one. Watterman, the top vote-getter in last night’s race, received only 17.68 percent of the vote. Lavarro and Rivera received 17.50 percent and 17.05 percent, respectively.
Since none of them reached 50 percent of the vote, plus one, Byrne said these three candidates must now face a runoff with the candidates who finished in fourth, fifth, and sixth place. This means Watterman, Lavarro, and Rivera must face a run off next month with Viola Richardson, Peter Brennan, and Omar Perez.
Already, the city will have runoffs in wards A, B, C, D, and F to determine who will represent these wards on the City Council come July 1.
Only mayoral candidate Steven Fulop and Ward E candidate Candice Osborne (who will replace Fulop on the council, and ran on his ticket) reached the required thresholds to claim victory on Election Day to avoid runoffs in their races. – E. Assata Wright