JERSEY CITY, NJ - In order to review all possible candidates to fill the council seat vacated by the death of Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, the Jersey City Council pulled a resolution that would have voted on the replacement earlier this week.
Yun died on April 5 as a result of complications from COVID-19. The city council has 30 days under state law to vote for a replacement or risk leaving the seat open until the November election.
While Councilman Richard Boggiano has stated his support of former State Assemblyman Sean Connors, other council members, including Councilman Rolando Lavarro, said there are other possible choices that they would like to review.
Several sources told TAPinto Jersey City that as many as seven candidates are being considered, 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.
Boggiano, who was very close to Yun, said the subject of replacement came up a few months ago in a private conversation during which Yun said Connors would be a good choice for the Ward D seat.
Boggiano said Connors – a former police office who currently works as a spokesperson for Hudson County Corrections – has been very active in the community and often attends events throughout Ward.
“We were talking about our choice about who we would like to replace us if we chose not to run or something else happened,” Boggiano said. “Since then, I have talked with Michael Yun’s son who also supports Connors.”
The city council is expected to vote on the replacement at the May 6 council meeting. A special election for the seat 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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