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Jersey City Council candidate Kevin Bing. (Photo: Kevin Bing).

Hillside mayor wins re-election; only December runoffs in Jersey City Ward C and Hillside council races

Two-term Councilman Richard Boggiano will face Kevin Bing on December 7

By David Wildstein, November 14 2021 2:21 pm

There will be no mayoral runoff in Hillside this year after Mayor Dahlia Vertreese survived the 50% mark in her re-election bid by 35 votes, according to final election results announced by the Union County Clerk.

Vertreese received 50.71% of the vote in her bid for a second term against two township council members who challenged her in the November 2 non-partisan election.  Nancy Mondella, who had the backing of the Union County Democratic establishment, received 31.69%, while 17.44% of voters supported Andrea Hyatt.

The only runoff in the state on December 7 will be in Jersey City’s Ward C, where incumbent Richard Boggiano faces Kevin Bing.

A third candidate, Tom Zuppa, finished 158 votes behind Bing with 26.4% of the vote.

Vertreese led Mondella by 942 votes, 2,512 to 1,570.  She was boosted by the support of Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark), who represents Hillside in Congress.

Hyatt received 864 votes, and 8 write-in votes were cast in the mayoral election.

The colorful Boggiano, a sometimes critic of Mayor Steven Fulop in the past, sought re-election on Fulop’s slate.  He led Bing, the president of the Journal Square Community Association, 2,153 to 1,456 (43.8%-29.6%).

A third candidate, Tom Zuppa, finished 158 votes behind Bing with 26.4% of the vote.

Bing announced on Sunday that he had raised over $13,000 in the eleven days that followed the recent non-partisan election in Jersey City.

“This campaign isn’t backed by wealthy donors or the political machine. We’ve built enough momentum to raise over $13,000 with the average donation under $100.  Not only have we received a flux of financial support, but we’ve seen our volunteer base double in the past week,” Bing said.  “This campaign has already upended the expectations of the machine’s political gurus and insiders by getting into a runoff.  Together, we are going to show that there is a real coalition around affordable housing, traffic safety, and improving Jersey City’s quality of life”

This is Boggiano’s third runoff.  He won 60% in a 2017 runoff after leading John Hanussak by 614 votes, (42.8%-27.6%) in the November election.  The former police officer forced incumbent Nidia Lopez into a runoff in 2013, outpolling her by 205 votes, 36.2%-31.8% in a four candidate field.  Boggiano won the runoff by 354 cotes, 55.9%-44.1%.

In Hillside, six candidates for three at-large township council will face off in the runoff: incumbents Craig Epps and George Cook and newcomers Lisa Bonnano, Robert Rios, Renee Howard and Armando Guerra.

Vertresse’s running mates– Bonanno (2,28), Epps (2,272) and Rios (2,208) — led the voting on November 2, followed by Cook (1,598), Howard (1,485) and Guerra (1.466), who ran on a slate with Mondella.

Three other candidates who ran with Hyatt — Sip Whitaker (819), Yolanda Rivera-Ziyad (751) and Patricia Brown (749) — ran far behind, but can any candidate from avoiding a runoff.

Mondella gave up her council seat to run for mayor.

Hillside went to a mayoral runoff in 2017 after Jorge Batista led Vertreese in the November election, 35.88% to 30% in a four-candidate race.    In 2013, current Union County Commissioner Angela Garretson won a runoff for mayor after leading the incumbent, Joseph Menza, in the first round, 37%-32%, with Batista finishing third with 31%.

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