Union City Mayor Brian Stack, running unopposed, received 11,211 votes. That’s 2,210 votes more than he received in 2014, running unopposed. If he’s trying to make a statement with his massive voter-turnout operation, message received.
Stack’s entire city commissioner slate was unopposed. Newcomer Wendy Grullon was elected to replace Tilo Rivas, who did not seek re-election to spend more time on his post as a Hudson County Freeholder. She received 10,000 votes, running just slightly behind incumbent Celin Valdivia (10,020).
Commissioner Maryury Martinetti finished fourth with 9,915 votes, followed by Lucio Fernandez (9,895).
A pre-election rally two weeks ago drew over 3,000 people, including U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Gov. Phil Murphy, and Senate President Steve Sweeney.
Stack, a State Senator, is a candidate for Hudson County Democratic Chairman in June. The incumbent, former Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, is not seeking re-election.