Pledging to end “turbulence” in City Hall, Councilman Helmin J. Caba today announced that he would run for mayor of Perth Amboy in the November non-partisan election.
Caba will face incumbent Wilda Diaz, who is seeking re-election to her fourth term as mayor.
“Perth Amboy is blessed with many wonderful amenities: A great location, tremendous resources, and a solid workforce,” Caba said. “These valuable resources have been underused and undeveloped for too long. Worse, they have been exploited for political agendas and personal gains.”
The 47-year-old Caba emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 1977. He is the city’s Democratic municipal chairman.
Rose Morales, and BJ Torres will run for city council on Caba’s “2020 Vision for Perth Amboy” slate.
According to Caba, Perth Amboy has spent 30 years in turmoil – former Mayor Joe Vas was convicted on state and federal corruption charges – and then by “divisiveness, turbulence, neglect and instability” under Diaz.
“Weak leadership has put obstacles in our city’s path to progress,” Caba said. “It has diminished our quality-of-life and smeared our great city with a poor reputation.”
Attorney Joseph B. Vas, the former mayor’s son, is also planning to run.
This election will be the first municipal election with a runoff after a referendum passed last year.