Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis officially announced today that he will seek a third term this year, eight years after the Democrat and former police captain first defeated incumbent Mayor Mark Smith in a 2014 runoff election.
“Even with the unprecedented challenges we’ve faced like COVID-19, Hurricane Ida, threats to our healthcare system and more, our city’s future has never been brighter and our residents have never been prouder to live in Bayonne,” Davis said in a statement. “I’m running to continue that progress and keep Bayonne moving forward.”
Likely the most prominent candidate Davis will face for re-election is City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, who ran on a slate with Davis in 2014 and 2018 before launching her mayoral campaign in December 2021.
But the incumbent mayor will be a tough opponent to beat. Early last year, Davis flexed his political muscle when he ditched Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne) in exchange for longshoreman William Sampson IV in the 31st district; Chiaravalloti, faced with the loss of the Hudson County party line at Davis’ behest, chose not to seek re-election.
In the statement announcing his candidacy, Davis said he will unveil his city council slate in the coming weeks. Ashe-Nadrowski, for her part, has not yet assembled a council slate, including for her own now-open seat.