Ballot positions determined

4/1/2009:

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Ballot positions drawn, Trem and Carty withdraw

tremitied-and-carty-withdraw-from-hoboken-election.jpgThe biggest news from today’s draw was about who is NOT going to be on the ballot. Before the positions were picked City Clerk Jim Farina made an announcement that the two independent candidates had withdrawn from the race, and they were the two most likely to draw a significant amount of support. Former Fire Chief Richard Tremitiedi and Stevens Cooperative School Treasurer Dave Carty submitted more than enough petitions to run and are well known in the community. Each was considered a strong independent contender that was perhaps unlikely to prevail against three organized slates, but would have certainly done damage that would increase the likelihood of a runoff election. The other three independent council at large candidates are not well known and not expected to garner significant support.

Cammarano gets good news, and bad

jimmy-farina-draws-ballots.jpgWhen Farina announced the withdrawals Peter Cammarano couldn’t hide his disappointment. Tremitiedi and Carty were most likely to draw from Beth Mason’s voter base and could have been a real factor in forcing a council runoff. This is bad news for Cammarano, who continues to poll in single digits and needs all the help he can get. He got some better news when Farina picked his name first for the Mayoral Ballot.

Cammarano will be at the top of Row A, followed by Ryn Melberg at 3A, Tom Vincent at 5A, Dawn Zimmer at 7A, Beth Mason at 9A and Frank Orsini at the bottom in 11A.

Council Slates Nested

The three slates running with Cammarano, Zimmer and Mason were nested together in the ballot draw for council at large on row B. Independent Patricia Waiters got the top spot, followed by Timothy Occhipinti at 3B. Mason’s slate of Vinny Addeo, Raul Morales II, and Tony Pasquale check in at 5B, 6B, and 7B, followed by Zimmer’s slate of Carol Marsh, Ravi Bhalla, and Dave Mello at 9B, 10B, and 11B (and yes, the campaign requested Bhalla in the middle to avoid allusions to “Marsh” and “Mello”). This was followed by Cammarano’s slate of Mike Novak, Frances Rhodes-Kearns, and Angel Alicea at 13B, 14B, and 15B. Chris Carbine brings up the rear at 17B.

If any more candidates decide to drop out of the race they have to do it soon before the ballots are printed. That could mean just a few days for any of the remaining independents to back out in the face of overwhelming odds, unless they are actually only in the race to help a major candidate force a runoff in classic Hudson County style.

See more about the candidates at Hoboken Election Central.

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15 Comments on "Ballot positions determined"

gmac17
Member

dayone – i don’t really trust any of the polls yet, because they all seem to say that 40-50% of the people haven’t made up their minds yet.

AndThenOneDay
Member
AndThenOneDay

Wait, Cammarano is polling in the single digits? Where do Mason and Zimmer stand with the remainder?

estevens
Member

Stupidity, not studidity.

estevens
Member

In November 2007 I was a challenger in a district that favored Campos by a considerable margin. The ballot layout WAS somewhat unusual as the special, non-partisan race had been added to a partisan ballot. Campos and Zimmer were in no-man’s land in the middle of the ballot.

http://www.divshare.com/download/7069562-337

Of the 376 ballots cast in that district (4-3), 67 voters couldn’t get it together to push a button for either candidate. Campos won 384 to 56 in 4-4, but 78 individuals didn’t vote for either candidate there either. Voter studidity probably lost the election for Campos.

Overheard more than a few times: “Yeah, they sent me here to vote…?”

gmac17
Member

I love the word “gala” in there estevens.

In the video when PC mentioned anecdotal evidence about ballot positions, he needs to look no further than the final runoff between zimmer and campos. The ballot was very confusing ( I don’t remember why) and the number of people in Campos’ “home” district who voted but didn’t vote for him was unusually high.

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