Councilman Neil Carroll will run for reelection on ‘Team Davis’

The First Ward city councilman won a special election in 2019

First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll III is running on “Team Davis,” Mayor James Davis has announced, as the mayor continues to build his council ticket ahead of the May municipal elections.

Carroll was appointed to his council seat in 2018, when former First Ward City Councilman Tommy Cotter stepped down from the council to become director of the city’s Department of Public Works. In a special election in 2019, Carroll claimed victory over three opponents to keep his seat. Running on a slate under Davis, Carroll won with nearly twice as many votes as his closest competitor in the race.

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Carroll again joins ‘Team Davis’

Since being elected, Carroll has been working to help residents get through the pandemic, sponsoring new traffic safety laws, and says he has been an accessible advocate for his constituents.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Mayor Davis over the last two years and I know that he is our city’s best choice because his vision for progress is improving quality of life for all residents, including in the First Ward,” said Carroll. “I’m excited to run for a full term to continue delivering for residents and serving the public, because the people of Bayonne deserve honest, transparent leadership they can count on.”

A lifelong Bayonne resident, Carroll is a public school teacher who holds a masters degree in Educational Leadership and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree. He is also a longtime member of the Bayonne Sicilian Club and has participated in community service projects aiming to help residents, such as his ‘Clean Sweeps’ initiative to address dirty areas in Bayonne. Additionally, Carroll is the grandson of Neil Carroll, Sr., a beloved public servant who was recognized as one of the community’s foremost leaders until his death in 2018.

“Neil Carroll is living up to his family’s legacy of serving Bayonne while charting his own course as a leader his neighbors can always go to, and that’s why I’m so glad he’s joining our team in this campaign,” said Davis. “As a First Ward resident myself, I’ve seen the work Councilman Carroll is doing up close, and I know that he will continue to be someone his neighbors can count on to get the job done.”

Davis builds his slate

Carroll is the second announced council candidate on “Team Davis,” following Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa, who announced his campaign last week. Mayor Davis also officially announced his reelection campaign earlier this month and has said he will be rolling out additional members of his slate as well as endorsements and other news in the coming weeks.

He faces a challenge in the mayoral contest from City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, who has yet to announce a council slate.

The First Ward includes the area from the south side of 16th Street between Newark Bay and Kennedy Boulevard, and from the south side of 17th Street between Kennedy Boulevard and Constable Hook, in a southerly direction to and including First Street. The municipal elections will be held on May 10.

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