Dr. Felix Roque, who was voted out of the mayoral office in the May 14 municipal election, isn’t looking to throw in the towel just yet.
Roque said he is mulling an official challenge to the results of the vote. He was 656 votes short of landing a commissioner seat, and believes that result to be “dramatically inconsistent” with polls and discussions with voters his team conducted over the course of the campaign season.
On Election Day, Roque told The Hudson Reporter that he was confident his team would win by a large margin.
Roque was voted out in a decisive clean sweep by the “New Beginnings West New York” slate, made up of incumbents Gabriel Rodriguez, Cosmo Cirillo, Margarita Guzman, along with Yoleisy Yanez, and Victor Barrera. The “New Beginnings” team said it will name Rodriguez mayor of West New York in Town Hall on May 21.
“I am proud of my 36 years of service in the U.S. Army, proud of my service to my patients as a medical doctor, and proud of my eight years of service to the citizens of West New York as their mayor,” Roque said.
Roque came in sixth, according to the vote count, falling several hundred votes short of Yoleisy Yanez, according to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office.
“The results of the election are dramatically inconsistent with my contact with voters on Election Day, and polling data that we have accumulated,” Roque said. “We are investigating numerous irregularities and will evaluate in the near future whether to officially challenge the election. Should these results stand I am concerned about future tax increases and mismanagement by my opponents who have made many false promises without telling us how they will pay for them.”
Despite a faltering faith in some who conducted the polls, Roque nonetheless expressed gratitude to his running mates and supporters.