A slate of various progressive candidates for Democratic County Committee in Jersey City picked up about 20 seats with off-the-line candidates in Tuesday’s election, and leads in 20 of 53 contested races.
Some races are single-digit close – as county committee contests often are – and may not be decided until all provisional and late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots are certified on June 22.
The results were first reported by Hudson County View, which tallied the votes.
That still means candidates backed by the Jersey City Democratic Organization, which is allied with Mayor Steven Fulop, are ahead in 94.5% of the 366 county committee seats in Jersey City. That makes the Democratic municipal chair, Barbara McCann Stamato, a shoo-in for re-election if she wants.
Fourteen of the 20 off-the-line victories came in Downtown Ward E, where Councilman James Solomon faces a re-election fight in November with Fulop Team member Jake Hudnut, a former Jersey City municipal prosecutor.
Rent control advocate and labor organizer Joel Brooks, who is challenging Fulop ally Mira Prinz-Arey for the Ward B city council seat, leads organization candidate German Santiago by two votes, 44-42, with no VBM counts included.
Former Journal Square Community Association president Kevin Bing, who is challenging City Councilman Richard Boggiano in Ward C, lost his county committee race.
Eleana Little, a progressive activist who came within 720 votes of upsetting the organization-backed candidate for Hudson County Commissioner in the 2020 Democratic primary, sought a county committee seat in her own district and scored an off-the-line victory.
Little received 69 votes and her running mate, Sarah Ordway, won 65 votes. They defeated Glenis Rodriguez and Joseph Barrow, who received 32 and 30 votes, respectively.