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Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez. (Photo: Angelica Jimenez).

Jimenez joins race for West New York Commissioner

Six-term assemblywoman will run with Cosmo Cirillo

By David Wildstein, December 09 2022 8:09 am

Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez will run for West New York Town Commissioner in the May 2023 non-partisan municipal election.

The six-term lawmaker will run on a slate headed by incumbent Cosmo Cirillo, who wants to become mayor.   She indicated earlier this week that she would support Cirillo.

“I have seen many changes take place during this time and truly believe that we need to move our community forward and not backwards,” stated Jimenez.  “Cosmo offers our community many innovative ideas and a vision that will help our town thrive. We have worked closely together throughout the years and I know he has the drive and dedication to make WNY the best it can be.”

Cirillo will face Rep. Albio Sires, who did not seek re-election to the congressional seat he’s held since 2006 and plans to launch a bid to become mayor next month.  Sires, a former Assembly Speaker, served as West New York’s mayor from 1995 to 2006.

Another incumbent, Margarita Guzman, has already announced that she will run on the Cirillo ticket.

The current mayor, Gabriel Rodriguez, is not seeking re-election.  He plans to run for State Assembly next year on a slate with State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City) and another lower house candidate, North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenco.

As a legislator, Jimenez had been in lame duck status since earlier this year when Hudson County was reshuffled in legislative redistricting.   Stack and another state senator, North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, were put into the same district; Sacco announced his retirement and Stack decided to run with Rodriguez and Marenco, leaving Jimenez without a seat.

“As an American of Cuban descent, longtime homeowner, and the mother of two children who grew up here, one of whom serves our community as a police officer, I have no doubt that the West New York Forward Team will put in the hard work and place the needs of our residents first,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez is following the same path as her predecessor.  In 2011, Assemblywoman Caridad Rodriguez left the legislature to run on a Sires-backed ticket for West New York Commissioner.

If Jimenez wins her municipal election, she would need to resign from the legislature on July 1.  That would trigger a special election convention to fill the last six months of her term; that contest would be run under the boundries of the 32nd legislative district as drawn in 2011 and not the new district.

“Assemblywoman Jimenez has proven herself to be an unwavering leader and champion in the State House for her constituents,” Cirillo said.  “She has been a vocal advocate for New Jersey families by helping to pass legislation that provides employees with time off for events regarding the education of their children, as well as fiercely advocating for the nurse-to-patient ratio to change in the state.”

The New Jersey Globe first reported Jimenez’s likely candidacy.

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