Mayor James Davis has announced that Loyad Booker, Jr. will run as the final member of his council slate in the nonpartisan May 10 municipal election.
Booker is a decorated combat veteran and former Bayonne police officer. He said he is running for Councilmember At-Large with Team Davis to bridge the gap between residents and the public safety system, improve services for seniors and invest in cleaner, safer streets in Bayonne. If elected, Booker would become Bayonne’s first Black council member.
“Loyad Booker has already proven himself to be a selfless and dedicated public servant, and I am proud to be running alongside him on my council slate,” said Davis. “Booker knows what it will take to keep our city safe and prioritize the wellbeing of our most vulnerable residents, like our seniors, children and others who need our help. I am confident that we will be able to work together to continue moving Bayonne forward.”
Veteran and police officer
Booker is a lifelong resident of Bayonne, having graduated from Bayonne High School before going on to attend Kean College and Jersey City State University. During Operation Desert Storm, he was deployed overseas as a communication specialist, earning the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Bronze Star.
Following his service, Booker worked for the Bayonne Police Department for 25 years, where he worked to improve community policing and crime prevention programs until recently retiring. But he still works as an instructor at the Hudson County Public Safety Training Center, helping newly hired officers prepare for the job.
“I’m running for City Council to improve public safety and quality of life here in Bayonne,” said Booker. “I have spent my life fighting for my community during my service in the Army, as well as on the police force where I have prioritized community oriented policing, and worked with young people as a school resource officer and facilitator of the Dare and Crime Prevention Programs. I have long admired Mayor Davis’ leadership as a constituent, and am looking forward to working with his Administration to deliver for our city.”
Team Davis assembled
Loyad Booker is the fifth and final member of the Team Davis slate, running for the seat that is being left empty by City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, who is running against Davis for mayor. Prior to this, it had been alleged that Davis would drop Ashe-Nadrowski for Booker from his 2022 ticket, as well as drop Second Ward City Councilman Sal Gullace for Jacqueline Weimmer, at the same time speculation grew that Ashe-Nadrowski would challenge Davis in the mayoral contest. While Davis denied this at the time, things have changed as campaign season is in full swing.
Running alongside Booker on Team Davis is First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll, Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa, City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez, and Weimmer who is running in the Second Ward. Davis officially announced his re-election campaign recently and has said he will begin rolling out endorsements and other announcements in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Ashe-Nadrowski has yet to announce a slate. Former Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso is also running for mayor but has not unveiled a ticket either. And Gullace has announced he will not run for re-election, but noted that could change depending on how things play out.
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