Ashe-Nadrowski and Davis land more endorsements in Bayonne mayoral race

The mayoral hopefuls are looking for organizations' support ahead of Election Day

Two of the three candidates in the upcoming Bayonne municipal election have received more key endorsements as May 10 approaches.

Ashe-Nadrowski gets Jersey Journal endorsement

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On May 5, City Council President and mayoral challenger Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski and most of her slate were endorsed by the Jersey Journal.

Running with Ashe-Nadrowski on her council ticket is Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Jodi Casais and Bayonne Police Athletic League Executive Director “KT” Kim Torello for City Council At-Large seats; small business owner Julie Sanchez Lynch for the First Ward City Council seat; real estate professional George Vinc for the Second Ward City Council seat; and Bayonne Board of Education President Maria Valado for the Third Ward City Council seat.

The newspaper backed Ashe-Nadrowski for mayor, but only endorsed Lynch in the First Ward, and Vinc in the Second Ward, but did not seem to make an endorsement in the Third Ward race.

The paper went on to endorse one of Ashe-Nadrowski’s At-Large candidates, either Torello or Casais. However, the Jersey Journal endorsed one of incumbent Mayor James Davis‘ candidate for an At-Large council seat retired police officer Loyad Booker.

“Davis has had his chance and came up short,” the Jersey Journal wrote. “It’s time for a new leader in Bayonne City Hall. Of the two challengers, Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski and doctor/lawyer Mitchell Brown, The Jersey Journal believes Ashe-Nadrowski is the better choice.”

Davis gets political leaders’ backing

Meanwhile, Davis and his ticket have received the endorsement of Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise, Hudson County Republican Organization Chair Jose Arango and Bayonne Republican Committee Chair Vincent Cuseglio on May 3.

Running alongside the mayor are First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll, Second Ward City Council candidate and financial professional Jacqueline Weimmer, Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa, City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez, and the aforementioned Booker.

“Mayor Davis has been a strong leader for Bayonne and his record is clear — the city is in a stronger place financially, it’s seeing real progress in developing the Military Ocean Terminal to create thousands of good-paying jobs, and investments in the community are evident in improvements to local parks and recreation programs,” said DeGise. “I’m enthusiastically supporting Mayor Davis and his team because I know they are the best choice to move Bayonne forward.”

“Jimmy Davis and I may be from different political parties and we don’t agree on everything, but his record of stabilizing property taxes, investing in public safety and pausing new development to protect residential neighborhoods makes it clear that he’s the right choice for Bayonne,” said Arango.

“I’ve known Jimmy Davis for decades and his commitment to our city and our community is stronger now than it has ever been,” said Cuseglio. “Mayor Davis grew up here in Bayonne and he knows how important it is to protect what makes our city special. He’s the clear choice for Mayor.”

Ashe-Nadrowski has had the support of the some labor unions throughout the entire race.

Endorsements dominating closing days of race

Earlier in the week on May 2, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 endorsed Ashe-Nadrowski and her slate.

“Bayonne is an exemplary city on the forefront of the future. A city like Bayonne needs a leader to match,” said Greg Lalevee, the Local 825 business manager. “When it comes to managing future development, stabilizing taxes, and making sure middle-class families can get ahead – Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski is the right choice and we proudly offer our full endorsement of her candidacy.”

And prior to that Davis received the endorsement of the Bayonne Public School Administrators Association on April 30.

“The Davis Team offers honest, pragmatic, and hopeful insight into our needs in Bayonne,” said Bayonne Public School Administrators Association.  Their willingness to examine the issues and listen closely to the public’s questions and concerns sets them far apart from the other candidates. Therefore, The Bayonne Public School Administrators Association is proud to enthusiastically endorse Team Davis in the upcoming election and to spread word to others of the value of their vision to the continued success of the Great City of Bayonne.”

Davis has gotten a number of endorsements including: the Bayonne Education Association, Hudson County Commissioner Kenneth Kopacz; unions such as the Hotel and Gaming Trades Council, The Hudson County Building Trades (HCBT), and Teamsters Joint Council 73. Ashe-Nadrowski has gotten seemingly fewer endorsements than Davis, but has also secured the backing from the 32BJ SEIU property services union among others.

The third mayoral candidate, doctor and lawyer Mitchell Brown has not publicly shared any endorsements. He is not running with a council slate.

The backing of Davis and Ashe-Nadrowski by the respective organizations are the latest indicator of the growing intensity of the May municipal election as early voting begins on May 6, continuing on the 7 and 8, with Election Day on May 10.

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