JERSEY CITY, NJ - Former Assemblyman, retired police officer, and longtime community activist Sean Connors will not seek the council seat left vacant by the sudden passing of Ward D Councilman Michael Yun. Yun passed away on April 6 from complications caused by COVID-19.
Connors, one of at least seven candidates sources named as a potential replacement, was considered a frontrunner by many, and had the backing of Councilman Richard Boggiano who said previously that he also would have been the choice of Yun.
“It would be totally unfair to all if I was to take on this challenge,” Connors said in a statement reflecting on his position as Acting Director of the Security Division of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. Appointed in September 2019 to the role Connors said that he accepted it at the time realizing that the division “needed a revamping.”
“I, along with a team, committed to that.”
“I cannot let our residents, and Sheriff Frank X. Schillari down,” Connors said, adding that he was “humbled and privileged” to have been considered.
Other candidates said to be in consideration for the position include including James Carroll, a Lieutenant with the Jersey City Police Department; Shawn Thomas Sullivan, a strong ally of Mayor Steven Fulop; David Cruz, a Heights business owner; Cynthia Hadjiyannis, an attorney; Patrick Ambrossi, a member of the Hudson County Young Democrats; and Jocelyn Patrick, the president of the Riverview Neighborhood Association.
According to state law the remaining members of the Jersey City Council may name a replacement to fill Yun’s seat until a special election would be held in November with the victor holding the position until the successful candidate is sworn in following the November 2021 regular election.
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