BAYONNE, NJ - The four candidates seeking election to Bayonne’s First Ward council seat took to the streets in a last push for votes on the weekend before the election.
“We’ve been walking all morning,” Neil Carroll III told TAPinto Bayonne late on Saturday. “We have people getting in the last few contacts through phone banking, but mostly I’m out walking, trying to meet as many people as I can. You can hear it in my voice.”
Hoarse from talking, Carroll said he and his team had breakfast at their Broadway headquarters before hitting the streets.
“During the day, I’ll come back and use the phones to make contacts, personal phone calls to friends and family,” he said.
While he believes the response to his campaign has been good, he’s not taking anything for granted.
“What’s that old saying, ‘run unopposed or run scared.” I won’t be comfortable until the polls close on Tuesday and the final results are in.”
Peter Franco has also been out on the street.
“I’m making the case that I’m the only candidate that can and will beat Neil,” he said. “Our GOTV (get out the vote) efforts have been unmatched. Carroll has to pay people to sit there and answer phones. We have people volunteering and motivated by the hope for change,” he claimed.
Franco said his campaign is about focusing on particular voters and relevant issues.
“Every voter this campaign has identified as undecided will get either a call or a visit to their home in hopes of us making the case to them,” Franco said.
John R. Cupo is also bringing his case to the people.
“As of this morning (Saturday), I met 100 people at the food shelter on Fifth Street,” Cupo said, hoping to fulfill his campaign promise to help find a temporary home where food can be distributed to the needy.
He said when elected he will use contacts in the real estate industry to accomplish this.
Though Bayonne’s elections are held as non-partisan, Cupo, who has also said he will serve as full-time councilman, has gone to great lengths to remind potential voters that he is the only declared Republican in the race.
Paul Hagdorn said his weekend push involves reaching out to voters who he already believes support him.
“I’m contacting my friends, family, and provable voters to remind them to vote and to make sure their friends and family vote as well,” Hagdorn said. “I’m still putting up signs, as I have about 20 left.”
Hagdorn said he’s encouraged by the response he’s been getting.
“I feel really good about my chances as most people are looking for change,” he said.
Hagdorn will be holding pre-election campaign rally om Monday at his headquarters on First Street at 6:00 p.m.
Election Day is Tuesday, polls are open 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
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