Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop scored some major political successes on Tuesday when his candidates for city council and school board won decisive victories.
A blowout win for interim Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh gives Fulop a solid block of six votes on the city council as he prepares to seek re-election to a third term next year.
Wins by Saleh — and by Board of Education candidates Lorenzo Richardson, Gina Verdibello and Lekendrick Shaw – make its more difficult for a rival to mount a serious challenge against the mayor in 2021.
Saleh leads Patrick Ambrossi by 3,846 votes, 58%-16%, in a five candidate field. Cynthia Hadjiyannis finished third with 12%, followed by Rafael Torres (11%) and Lenny Lambert (3%).
The special election for The Heights Ward D seat allows Saleh to fill the remaining fourteen months of the seat of Michael Yun, who died of complications from COVID-19 in April. Saleh was named by the council to replace him.
Hudson County has counted 95.2% of its returned vote-by-mail ballots, with no less than 9,711 remaining votes to be tallied.