City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez will run for re-election with Mayor Davis

Perez, the city's first Hispanic councilman, is seeking his third term

Juan Perez, a Bayonne City Councilman At-Large, will run for re-election alongside Mayor James Davis and his team in the upcoming May nonpartisan contest.

Perez is a former Hudson County Sheriff who was elected in 2014 as the city’s first Hispanic councilmember on a slate with Davis, then re-elected in 2018. During that time, Perez says he has worked with Davis to keep the community safe, stabilize property taxes and improve services for residents.

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“In these difficult times Bayonne needs a leader we can count on to guide our community, and there is no one I would rather see in that role than Mayor Davis,” said Perez. “From managing the city’s response to COVID-19, to being there for residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Ida, to revitalizing our parks and improving recreation programs, Mayor Davis always gets the job done for us and he’s the right choice to continue leading Bayonne.”

Past law enforcement experience

While serving as Hudson County Sheriff, Perez managed a department of over 300 sworn officers and provided policing services throughout the county. Prior to his time in elected office, Perez’s law enforcement career included 26 years in the New Jersey State Police, eventually rising to the level of captain.

A former Former Deputy Director of the Jersey City Police Department, Perez is the founder and past president of the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association, past trustee and vice chair of the Jersey City Medical Center board, former school teacher, and a lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol. Perez has lived in Bayonne for nearly 25 years.

“Councilman Perez understands what it takes to keep Bayonne neighborhoods safe, to invest in our essential services and to stabilize property taxes, which is why I’m glad to have him once again join our team,” said Davis. “As one of our city’s most respected leaders, Juan Perez is a great addition to our team and I’m looking forward to working with again to move Bayonne forward.”

Perez joins two other previously announced candidates on Mayor James Davis’ council slate, including Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa and First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll. Davis officially announced his re-election campaign recently and has been rolling out additional members of his slate in the past few weeks.

Davis faces a challenge in the mayoral contest from City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, who has yet to announce a council slate. Former Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso is also running for mayor and has not announced a slate either.

Also running for City Councilmember At-Large is Bayonne businesswoman Carissa Lintao and Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Denis Wilbeck.

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