PERTH AMBOY, NJ — Councilman Helmin J. Caba is running for Mayor of Perth Amboy on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, to end “turbulence in City Hall,” provide no-nonsense leadership and to offer sensible solutions for his community’s most crucial concerns.

Caba, also the city’s Democratic chairman, said: “It is time to make new investments in our community with real solutions for our city’s most important issues: Fiscal responsibility,  quality-of-life, public safety, infrastructure, and economic vitality.”

Making his announcement on social media today, Caba said City Council candidates Rose Brion Morales and Bienvenido “BJ” Torres Jr., will join his “2020 Vision for Perth Amboy” Team. “Rose and BJ have many innovative, progressive ideas to move our city forward,” Caba said.

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Perth Amboy has non-partisan elections. There is no upcoming primary race, only a general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Most registered voters are expected to vote-by-mail due to coronavirus concerns.

“Perth Amboy is blessed with many wonderful amenities: A great location, tremendous resources, and a solid workforce,” but Caba said, “these valuable resources have been underused and undeveloped for too long. Worse, they have been exploited for political agendas and personal gains.”

City Hall “has been plagued for 30 years, first by corruption, and for the past dozen years by divisiveness, turbulence, neglect and instability,” Caba said. “Weak leadership has put obstacles in our city’s path to progress. It has diminished our quality-of-life and smeared our great city with a poor reputation.”

“That must finally end,” said Caba, pledging his “2020 Vision for Perth Amboy” team would “chart a strong, sensible new pathway to success” to benefit the people who live, work and own local businesses.

Here is a look at the slate:

HELMIN J. CABA for MAYOR of PERTH AMBOY

Helmin J. Caba, 47, is a Perth Amboy Councilman and the city’s Democratic chairman.

A paraprofessional at Perth Amboy High School, Caba has owned several small businesses. He serves on the city’s Arts Council, and its Catholic School Advisory Board. He is a member of American Federation of Teachers Local 857 and a past member of the Perth Amboy Municipal Alliance.

Born in the Dominican Republic’s La Vega Province, his family came to Perth Amboy in 1977. An alumni of Holy Trinity Catholic School and Perth Amboy High (‘91), Mr. Caba has degrees from Middlesex County College in marketing and advertising. He also studied at Manhattan’s prestigious School of Visual Arts. He and his wife, Wendy (Leonardo) Caba, have two children.

ROSE B. MORALES for PERTH AMBOY COUNCIL

Rose Brion Morales, 50, is curriculum coordinator for Middlesex County College’s Dental Hygiene Department. She has worked at the college since 2008 and is an AFSCME member. Ms. Morales has previously work experience in retail store management and in real estate sales. 

Born in Manila, Philippines, her family came to the United States in 1976. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York before majoring in communications at Rutgers University. She and her husband, Miguel Morales, have three children.

BIENVENIDO “BJ” TORRES Jr. for PERTH AMBOY COUNCIL

Bienvenido “BJ” Torres Jr., 45, is a graduate teaching assistant at Rutgers University where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in labor management. Torres previously had a two-decade career managing charity care and providing financial counseling for New Jersey hospital patients before he returned to Rutgers.

Torres is a Perth Amboy Democratic committeeman. A professional musician, songwriter and guitarist, he is the Perth Amboy Arts Council’s chairman; founder of the Waterfront Neighborhood Association; producer of the city’s annual waterfront music festival; and serves on the Perth Amboy Civic Trust. He is married to, Caroline (Pozycki) Torres and he is the father of two children.