Bayonne City Council President files paperwork to run for mayor

Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski will challenge Mayor James Davis in the upcoming May election

Bayonne City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski has filed the paperwork to run for mayor in the upcoming election, according to recent election filings.

Ashe-Nadrowski filed the paperwork on Nov. 13 with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Running under the slogan “Nadrowski for Mayor,” the filing confirms what had been widely speculated over the past months.

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Prior to the filing, rumors had been swirling that she would allegedly challenge incumbent Mayor James Davis in the 2022 mayoral race, and that Davis had been allegedly seeking to replace her on his council slate for the same election with former police officer Lloyd Booker. Now the paperwork makes Ashe-Nadrowski’s run official.

Ashe-Nadrowski will challenge Mayor James Davis, who will be seeking a third term. She previously successfully ran for her current position on the council on a slate alongside Davis in 2014 and again in 2018.

She’s running alright

Now, instead of running for re-election for her council seat, which will be on the ballot alongside the rest of the city council, she is running for mayor.

A lifelong Bayonnite, Ashe-Nadrowski graduated from St. Andrew’s School, Bayonne High School, and New Jersey City University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. She has been working in the private sector as a database engineer for Microsoft for over two decades.

Ashe-Nadrowski is the Athletic Director for All Saints Catholic Academy and track coach, as well as an active member of St. Mary’s parish. She is also very involved in the local Irish community, being a current member of the Irish American League in Bayonne, the Shamrock Society, the Bayonne St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, and the Annual Claddagh Dance Committee.

Additionally, Ashe-Nadrowski is a Commissioner on the Bayonne Planning Board. She is also pivotally involved with the Bayonne Food Bank, having co-founded it with Business Administrator Melissa Mathews in 2020 during the pandemic amid the increased need for food assistance.

Past distancing from Davis

Ashe-Nadrowski confirmed that she had filed the paperwork to run for mayor to the Bayonne Community News. However, she did not have any further comment as of Dec. 3, adding that she would make an announcement at a later date.

While Ashe-Nadrowski did not announce a specific platform, she has recently clashed with Davis on a number of topics in the past months including the proposed use of eminent domain against the Bayonne Medical Center property and Mathews’ gender discrimination lawsuit against Davis and other city officials.

Ashe-Nadrowski has also spoken out at public meetings against Davis on a slew of other issues, varying from his administration’s handling of federal CARES Act and American Rescue Plan funds, to awarding of the garbage contract to an alleged donor, as well as a separation agreement between the city and former Assistant Business Administrator Mark Bonamo.

The non-partisan municipal election will be held on May 10, 2022.

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