Freeholder Primary: Ward by Ward
While the candidates and their campaign lawyers try to figure out how the vote tallies got so messed up last night, here is your patented Hoboken411 ward-by-ward look at the winners and losers in yesterday’s election results.
First Ward Winner: Anthony Romano
Romano lives in Marine View Towers, where he was able to get a large vote of friends, neighbors, and fellow public employees. Stick won 5 of 7 districts while Ines Garcia Keim won two. Frank “Pupie” Raia did not win a single district in the 1st ward. Although the Russo family machine in the 3rd ward was supporting Raia, Councilwoman Theresa Castellano did not actively support a candidate in her own ward, where Romano is the favorite son.
1st: Romano 281, Garcia Keim 180, Raia 170
Second Ward Winner: Ines Garcia Keim (and Beth Mason)
The blocks and blocks of low- and moderate-income Applied Housing apartments have come to mean doom for non-machine candidates in 2nd ward primaries, but Ines Garcia Keim managed to parlay residency in the ward and the support of councilwoman Beth Mason into a victory. In contrast, fellow 2nd warder Carol Marsh lost her home ward in the Democratic primary last year. This year Ines won 4 of 6 districts, with Romano picking up the other two. Raia did not win a single district in the 2nd ward.
2nd: Garcia Keim 259, Romano 247, Raia 132
Third Ward Winner: Frank Raia (and Mike Russo)
Last year they were fighting, this year they came together for a victory. Frank Raia won 4 of 5 districts with more votes than Romano and Garcia Keim combined. Former Mayor Anthony Russo and his wife Michelle were back at City Hall last night with Raia as the numbers came in. Though Garcia Keim won one district, she came in last in the ward. Raia received over twice as many votes as Romano here.
3rd: Raia 462, Romano 208, Garcia Keim 157
Fourth Ward Winner: Anthony Romano (and Ruben Ramos)
The Ramos family led the effort to get out the vote from the Hoboken Housing Authority for Romano. They were successful, winning 3 out of 4 districts. Despite an endorsement from councilwoman Dawn Zimmer, Pupie Raia did not carry a single district in the fourth ward. Zimmer’s candidate was even rejected in her own district (4-2) where Ines Garcia Keim got more votes than Raia and Romano combined. This is a second strike for Zimmer, who showed no coat-tails for the Kids First ticket in the fourth ward two months ago.
4th: Romano 419, Raia 276, Garcia Keim 154
Fifth Ward Winner: Ines Garcia Keim (and _____________)
Ines carried 6 of 7 districts for a decisive 5th ward win. Raia won one district, Romano none. That blank space above could have read “Peter Cunningham”, but since the 5th ward councilman refused to endorse Garcia Keim, he gets no credit for the win. Cunningham endorsed Democratic Committee candidates but did not support the woman who helped to lay the groundwork for his victory last year. A missed opportunity for Cunningham, who has some explaining to do.
5th: Garcia Keim 290, Raia 191, Romano 186
Sixth Ward Winner: Ines Garcia Keim (and John Cunning)
Garcia Keim also won David Roberts’ home ward despite the fact the Mayor and current councilman Nino Giacchi were supporting Romano. Ines won 5 of 7 districts with Raia and Romano each winning one. Another defeat for the unpopular Mayor who was seen being heckled by angry taxpayers as he electioneered at the Demarest School polling place yesterday.
6th: Garcia Keim 216, Raia 153, Romano 153
Absentee Ballot Winner: Frank Raia (and the Post Office)
Raia scored 320 absentee ballots, while Romano got 106 and Garcia Keim got only 12.
The Bottom Line: Not much in the Hoboken results changed the landscape of Democratic politics here. Ramos still owns the 4th ward (despite Zimmer’s win over Campos.) Nothing can stop Raia and Russo in the 3rd when they work together. Garcia Keim took the 2nd, 5th, and 6th with help from Mason. Romano won his home turf in the 1st, and Mayor Dave Roberts lost the rest of the city while HCDO bigwigs looked on.