Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse will drop David Sims from his ticket after a December incident when the deputy mayor brought a family member into City Hall even though she had already tested positive for COVID-19, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
The story was first reported by the Daily Voice.
Sims later apologized for his actions – his family member needed a document notarized – but that didn’t stop an uproar in the Bergen County city.
Labrosse is expected to seek re-election to a third term in the upcoming May non-partisan municipal election.
An announcement on Sims’ replacement is expected soon, but the Labrosse team is committed to including a Black candidate on their slate, according to sources familiar with the campaign.
Sims is the only Black on the five-member city council. All five ran with Labrosse in 2017 and the other four are expected to seek re-election.
He was elected to the council in 2013 and re-elected in 2017.
Sims was asked for comment at 9:04 PM.