After Monday's rancorous Common Council meeting, Alderman Eileen Halloran (Fifth Ward) has declared that she will not be running for re-election. That leaves only incumbent Dominic Merante running for alderman in the Fifth Ward. With only seventeen days left to gather petition signatures to get on the ballot, no one has so far stepped up to run for the second seat to represent the Fifth Ward.
Mayor Rick Rector has made known his intention to run for re-election and received the endorsement of the Hudson City Democratic Committee (HCDC), but there's a rumor making the rounds that Kamal Johnson, who is serving his first term as First Ward alderman, intends to run for mayor and is expected to announce his candidacy today.
With the possibility of both First Ward aldermen vying for citywide office--Rob Bujan for Common Council president and Kamal Johnson for mayor--the First Ward is left with no incumbents and only one candidate. The HCDC has authorized Rebecca Wolff, who is not a Democrat but a member of the Working Families Party, to gather petition signatures to run for First Ward alderman on the Democratic line. So far, Wolff is the only potential candidate in the First Ward.
In the Second Ward, incumbent aldermen Tiffany Garriga and Dewan Sarowar are being challenged by Mohammed Rony. In the Third Ward, there are a number of challengers to incumbent aldermen Calvin Lewis and Shershah Mizan. The rumor is there are four, but Gossips has only been able to confirm two: Victor Mendolia and John Darby. In the Fourth Ward, both incumbents--Rich Volo and John Rosenthal--are expected to seek re-election.
At this point in time, it appears that the county supervisors from each ward--Sarah Sterling (First Ward), Abdus Miah (Second Ward), Michael Chameides (Third Ward), Linda Mussmann (Fourth Ward), and Rick Scalera (Fifth Ward)--will be running for re-election unopposed.
So here's the question: What happens if only one person runs for alderman in the First and Fifth wards?
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