Two long-time North Hudson mayors are guaranteed victory in the May 10 election

Stack and Turner running unopposed in Union City and Weehawken municipal elections

Two prominent Hudson County mayors will run unopposed in the upcoming May 10 municipal elections.

Both the Union City City Clerk’s Office and the Weehawken Township Clerk’s Office confirmed to the Hudson Reporter that both mayors were running with no challengers.

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In Union City, state Senator (D-33) and Mayor Brian Stack will run unopposed. Stack first became mayor in 2000, after being appointed to the position when Rudy Garcia stepped down.

Stack subsequently won a special election in 2001, and has won re-election in every municipal election since. The mayor previously went unchallenged in 2018, 2014, and 2002, defeating opponent Frank Scarafile in landslide victories in 2006 and 2010. He hasn’t faced a threat since.

The four other current members of the Union City Board of Commissioners, Lucio Fernandez, Maryury Martinetti, Celin Valdivia and Wendy Grullon, also filed petitions to run for their seats, which represent the city At-Large, on a slate with Stack. He will now sail to victory unopposed for a sixth term as mayor.

Turner will continue his decades-long rule over Weehawken.


In Weehawken, a similar phenomenon occurred. Mayor Richard Turner will also run unopposed for his ninth term. Turner was first elected in 1990 and most recently re-elected in 2018. Turner, who has overseen Weehawken for decades, only faced a challenge 20 years ago in 2002.

Running unopposed on a slate with Turner, who is running for an At-Large council seat, are the incumbent council members including Deputy Mayor and Second Ward Councilwoman Rosemary Lavagnino, First Ward Councilwoman Carmela Silvestri-Ehret, Third Ward Councilman Robert Sosa and Councilman At-Large David Curtis. There is a minor change, in that Sosa is running for an At-Large seat this time, while Curtis filed to run for the Third Ward seat.

The elections are on May 10. Both Union City and Weehawken have adopted ordinances allowing early voting as well, that will run on May 6, 7 and 8 during the weekend before the election.

Interestingly, the trend continues in Hudson County after Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, and Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli also ran unopposed in their recent mayoral elections.

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