Mason: Officially running for Mayor

9/16/2009 Update:

Mason announces run for Mayor

Beth Mason formally announced her run for Mayor last night at the Brass Rail. With the race expected to get very crowded at the 4pm filing deadline today, Mason’s tone was more like the fighting underdog who won the 2nd ward seat in 2007 than the presumptive front-runner who went kaput this spring. Her popularity peaked as the underdog fighting Dave Roberts for open government and accountability. She took a hit this spring after going into Hoboken’s version of the prevent defense with her choice of running mates.

Now Mason is stressing her credentials in business and as a longtime advocate for open and transparent government. For more, check out Max Pizarro’s PolitickerNJ story called “Mason makes Hoboken a contest, blasting Zimmer over dual-office holding.” He notes the acrimony between Mason and Acting Mayor/Council President/Fourth Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer as well as the potential effect of county and state politics on the election.

Text of Beth Mason’s Announcement.

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SEE PREVIOUS UPDATES AFTER THE JUMP…

9/14/2009 Update:

2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason throws her hat into the Hoboken Mayoral ring again – formal announcement tomorrow at the Brass Rail.

Beth Mason to Announce Candidacy for Mayor

“Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason will officially announce her candidacy for Mayor at a Press Conference Tuesday, September 15th, at 6:00 p.m. at The Brass Rail, located at 135 Washington Street. Beth’s family, friends, supporters, business associates and fellow activists will be on hand as she enters the race. The Councilwoman will make a statement and take questions at the event, which will be held on the second floor of the restaurant.”

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9/9/2009 Update:

Received this press release from 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason’s campaign strategist Paul Swibinski earlier today. You might remember Swibinski – as he supported Dawn Zimmer in her race against Chris Campos – as well as did all the campaign literature for Carol Marsh when she ran for Assembly.

Mason picks up petitions for Hoboken Mayoral Run

Beth-Mason-to-decide-hoboken-mayoral-run-next-weekCouncilwoman Beth Mason took another step towards declaring her candidacy for Mayor of Hoboken today by picking up nominating petitions. Beth is strongly considering entering the race and has been discussing the situation with family, friends and supporters for several weeks. She has also opened a campaign account, has started assembling a campaign team and is filing with the state ELEC.

Beth is issuing the following statement:

“Over the past few weeks, I have heard from family and friends from all corners of Hoboken asking about my future plans. Many have urged me to run for Mayor in the Special Election in November. We all share a grave concern over the direction of our city and the choice by the Mayor to remain in her position as Council President, effectively flouting any separation of powers between the Executive and Legislative branches of our municipal government. This dual-office holding is a disturbing violation of our core principles. The result is too much power in one person’s hands for too long a time. Anyone who is truly committed to reform must understand that he or she is not above the values that we all share, regardless of circumstances. As an activist for openness and transparency in government, Dawn Zimmer’s decision to become a dual-office holder is extremely troubling to me.

I will be consulting my family, friends and supporters over the next several days, and will formally announce my intentions early next week.”

Keep in mind the deadline for submitting petitions is next Wednesday, September 16th at 4pm.

PREVIOUS UPDATES AFTER THE JUMP…

7/31/2009:

2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason says she’s contemplating running for Mayor again in the November election.

Mason on Cammarano’s Resignation

beth-mason-mayoral-replacement-faq1“While this is certainly another sad day for the City of Hoboken, Peter Cammarano did the right thing this morning by offering his resignation. This City deserves to move out from under this black cloud of alleged corruption and get on with the people’s business.

I wish acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer the best of luck and pledge to work with her in getting our local government back on track as we tackle the issues most important to our residents.

That said, many of my supporters from across the city have asked me whether I intend to run for mayor in November’s special election. In a time of crisis, people are clearly looking for a viable alternative who can unite the people of Hoboken to fix the city’s problems. As a person who has been a corporate executive living here for over 25 years and who has been a good government advocate all of my life, I am confident that I have the experience and vision this City needs to move forward. I am taking this opportunity to discuss my future plans with my family and I plan on making a final decision announcing my plans in the near future.”

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truth1
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truth1

Matt – you were a pol sci major…may I ask where?…thanks.

matt_72
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You can ask, I won’t answer. But I will say I worked full time and paid my own way through so it wasn’t an Ivy.

In response to truth1 who said:
Matt – you were a pol sci major…may I ask where?…thanks.

professor pinetop
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professor pinetop

there are witnesses – now that this is out, perhaps the meetings will cease. matt, stop attacking people for pointing out things about dawn that you would be attacking other candidates for if they were involved in.

dawn’s absentee fraud two years ago, stepping down to avoid court, supporting raia for freeholder, lack of real professional resume, lack of any relevant community service, backroom deals. ok if it’s dawn. anyone else, heinous. enough.

KenOn10
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KenOn10

Uh huh. Unnamed, anonymous witnesses, as usual. It is hard to tell if you people a) support Zimmer but spew ludicrous mud to garner sympathy votes for Zimmer, b) support Mason and think that your spewing ludicrous mud help Mason or c) trolling.

The delusional posting tone suggests (b) which is so very, very pathetic.

In response to professor pinetop who said:
there are witnesses – now that this is out, perhaps the meetings will cease. matt, stop attacking people for pointing out things about dawn that you would be attacking other candidates for if they were involved in.

dawn’s absentee fraud two years ago, stepping down to avoid court, supporting raia for freeholder, lack of real professional resume, lack of any relevant community service, backroom deals. ok if it’s dawn. anyone else, heinous. enough.

JJB
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Can someone tell me “what” is “out” ? What’d she do this time?

In response to KenOn10 who said:
Uh huh. Unnamed, anonymous witnesses, as usual. It is hard to tell if you people a) support Zimmer but spew ludicrous mud to garner sympathy votes for Zimmer, b) support Mason and think that your spewing ludicrous mud help Mason or c) trolling.

The delusional posting tone suggests (b) which is so very, very pathetic.

Determined
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Determined

She (Zimmer) has done nothing unless you’re willing to believe the extraordinary rumor mongering of Professor Pinetop (posts #292 and #275) and Red Haven (post #277). Apparently it is acceptable for them to level accusations of illegal activity (breaking the Sunshine law) with no evidence.

In response to JJB who said:
Can someone tell me “what” is “out” ? What’d she do this time?

Determined
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Determined

The only that is out is more rumor mongering from you and you pal Red Haven. Witnesses? Evidence? Serious charges of law breaking from an anonymous poster without substantiation looks like schilling for your candidate to me. Your collective desperation is showing.

In response to professor pinetop who said:
there are witnesses – now that this is out, perhaps the meetings will cease. matt, stop attacking people for pointing out things about dawn that you would be attacking other candidates for if they were involved in.

dawn’s absentee fraud two years ago, stepping down to avoid court, supporting raia for freeholder, lack of real professional resume, lack of any relevant community service, backroom deals. ok if it’s dawn. anyone else, heinous. enough.

matt_72
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Actually, I would never attack a politician for holding a party caucus. I was a poli sci major so I know those types of meetings are specifically excluded from all sunshine laws. Just as importantly, I am smart enough to READ THE LAW before I pontificate on what the law means (come on, I posted it for you, did you actually post again w/o reading it????). You seem to forget that IF THEY MET, and the meeting was a closed door meeting and not all members of the city council were INVITED, the law doesn’t apply. That is how the majority party in every legislature in America gets around making their internal discussions public, they make the meeting invitation only and they specifically exclude people. You don’t see the Democratic Party Caucus at the state house providing you with transcrips & tapes of their meetings, do you? Of course not, the law was specifically written to not cover meetings that are by invitation only. But hey, I guess not all professors know how to read…. Though I must say, I am pretty happy that if any such meeting did happen, it wasn’t the “party of the status quo” that held the meeting……..they really screwed up this town. In response to professor pinetop who said: there are witnesses – now that this is out, perhaps the meetings will cease. matt, stop attacking people for pointing out things about dawn that you would be attacking other candidates for if they were involved… Read more »
Red Haven
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Red Haven
matt_72, you are truly without a clue. Rules about federal and state legislative party caucuses have NOTHING to do with the statutory Non-partisan form of government we have in Hoboken under the Faulkner Act. Look it up. There are no political parties recognized in our form of government so there are no party caucuses. Your entire post is inaccurate and irrelevant, as usual. In response to matt_72 who said: Actually, I would never attack a politician for holding a party caucus. I was a poli sci major so I know those types of meetings are specifically excluded from all sunshine laws. Just as importantly, I am smart enough to READ THE LAW before I pontificate on what the law means (come on, I posted it for you, did you actually post again w/o reading it????). You seem to forget that IF THEY MET, and the meeting was a closed door meeting and not all members of the city council were INVITED, the law doesn’t apply. That is how the majority party in every legislature in America gets around making their internal discussions public, they make the meeting invitation only and they specifically exclude people. You don’t see the Democratic Party Caucus at the state house providing you with transcrips & tapes of their meetings, do you? Of course not, the law was specifically written to not cover meetings that are by invitation only. But hey, I guess not all professors know how to read…. Though I must say, I am… Read more »
matt_72
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Did you READ the law (come on now, I posted it for crying out loud)? There are multiple exclusions from what qualifies as a open meeting and this law covers ALL public bodies, not just the state legislature (duh). Why don’t you get your facts straight before you post because you are the one that is full of it and completely inaccurate (I am used to that from Masonites). My post is based on THE LAW and not some BS spin from a cue card. The law says that the meeting must be open to ALL OF THE PUBLIC BODY’S MEMBERS. Clearly this meeting was a closed door meeting and certain people aligned w/ the status quo were not invited. (sounds like your girl falls into that group) Here is the relevant definition: “Meeting” means and includes any gathering whether corporeal or by means of communication equipment, which is attended by, or open to, all of the members of a public body, held with the intent, on the part of the members of the body present, to discuss or act as a unit upon the specific public business of that body. Meeting does not mean or include any such gathering (l) attended by less than an effective majority of the members of a public body, or (2) attended by or open to all the members of three or more similar public bodies at a convention or similar gathering. So was everyone invited? That would be a big fat NO. (plus,… Read more »
Fred
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Fred
Can some one explain why a Mayoral canidate would update the public as attached below ( masoncitycouncil.org ) as attached and create Dual office Dawn ? Finally, with many people expressing confusion over what we can do to move forward, I researched the details of the process in unusual situations such as this one and put together the following explanation: 1) What happens if Mayor Peter Cammarano resigns? If Mayor Cammarano resigns the City Council has 30 days to appoint a new Mayor. If no Mayor is appointed then the City Council President (Dawn Zimmer) would serve as acting Mayor until a special election is held. 2) Will there be a new election if the Mayor resigns? Yes. If Mayor Cammarano resigns before September 4th there will be a special election held in November 2009. If Mayor Cammarano resigns after September 4th there will be a special election held in June 2010. There election will be winner takes all with no runoff. 3) Can Mayor Cammarano appoint an Acting Mayor? Yes. If Mayor Cammarano wants he can appoint an Acting Mayor rather than resign. However, he can only pick one of his Department Heads. Since none have been confirmed he can only appoint City Clerk Jimmy Farina or Health and Human Services Director John Pope since they were already approved under Mayor Roberts’ administration. 4) Can the City Council remove the Mayor from office? Not at this time. The only way to remove the Mayor would be through a recall… Read more »
jc5201
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jc5201
Mason was pointing out the laws during a very confusing time. By law, the newly elected Council President was well within her right to assume the acting mayor position at the time. Unfortunately, most reformers assumed she wouldn’t pig it. Most assumed that since she had yet to fully grasp the council president position, she’d do the right thing and appoint someone to the 4th Ward seat so those people wouldn’t go unrepresented. You know what they say about assuming though, she made an ass out of u and me! In response to Fred who said: Can some one explain why a Mayoral canidate would update the public as attached below ( masoncitycouncil.org ) as attached and create Dual office Dawn ? Finally, with many people expressing confusion over what we can do to move forward, I researched the details of the process in unusual situations such as this one and put together the following explanation: 1) What happens if Mayor Peter Cammarano resigns? If Mayor Cammarano resigns the City Council has 30 days to appoint a new Mayor. If no Mayor is appointed then the City Council President (Dawn Zimmer) would serve as acting Mayor until a special election is held. 2) Will there be a new election if the Mayor resigns? Yes. If Mayor Cammarano resigns before September 4th there will be a special election held in November 2009. If Mayor Cammarano resigns after September 4th there will be a special election held in June 2010. There election… Read more »
JJB
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I don’t even like Dawn and I can’t believe anyone thinks this is accurate. You zealots (Zimmer or Mason supporters) can’t see the forest through the trees. At least admit to yourselfs that your blind partisanship for Zimmer or Mason makes you completely unable to think rationally or accept that anyone can rationally back either woman. Between the commenters posts, the slanted articles and those loaded QoD. I mean I love this site but the politics on here sucks. I would love for someone connected to the campaigns of anyone other than Zimmer and Mason to post and give us insight into the platform that there running on. I get it, Matt, Pinetop & david are proZimmer. Redhaven and jman & jc are pro-Mason. Now if you 6 could shut up, maybe someone who isn’t blindly following one of these two women could chime in and give us some breakfast nuggets to chew on. ps How do I post in italics and bold like redhaven does? That would have made this post 100 times more awsome. In response to jc5201 who said: Mason was pointing out the laws during a very confusing time. By law, the newly elected Council President was well within her right to assume the acting mayor position at the time. Unfortunately, most reformers assumed she wouldn’t pig it. Most assumed that since she had yet to fully grasp the council president position, she’d do the right thing and appoint someone to the 4th Ward seat so… Read more »
jman01
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jman01
Well JJB, you get the booby prize for being today’s big idiot. I never said I’m supporting Mason. This is the ABZ election, Anyone But Zimmer, because she’s just that bad. I’m considering four different candidates at this time. Contrary to what you say, no one is preventing anyone from “chiming” in. Ridiculous. Sounds like you just can’t handle the political facts. The truth only hurts for those who want to believe in the lies. In response to JJB who said: I don’t even like Dawn and I can’t believe anyone thinks this is accurate. You zealots (Zimmer or Mason supporters) can’t see the forest through the trees. At least admit to yourselfs that your blind partisanship for Zimmer or Mason makes you completely unable to think rationally or accept that anyone can rationally back either woman. Between the commenters posts, the slanted articles and those loaded QoD. I mean I love this site but the politics on here sucks. I would love for someone connected to the campaigns of anyone other than Zimmer and Mason to post and give us insight into the platform that there running on. I get it, Matt, Pinetop & david are proZimmer. Redhaven and jman & jc are pro-Mason. Now if you 6 could shut up, maybe someone who isn’t blindly following one of these two women could chime in and give us some breakfast nuggets to chew on. ps How do I post in italics and bold like redhaven does? That would have… Read more »
Red Haven
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Red Haven

Sorry JJB you got me wrong, but you do have my vote for Most Self-Absorbed New Daily 411 Poster. 😛 I’m a Patricia Waiters man now that Sal DeMeo stepped away from the game. Pupie has my vote if Waiters leaves the table before they print the ballots. Hey, why not? Dawn Zimmer endorsed Pupie in 2008, right?

In response to JJB who said:
I don’t even like Dawn and I can’t believe anyone thinks this is accurate. You zealots (Zimmer or Mason supporters) can’t see the forest through the trees. At least admit to yourselfs that your blind partisanship for Zimmer or Mason makes you completely unable to think rationally or accept that anyone can rationally back either woman. Between the commenters posts, the slanted articles and those loaded QoD. I mean I love this site but the politics on here sucks. I would love for someone connected to the campaigns of anyone other than Zimmer and Mason to post and give us insight into the platform that there running on.

I get it, Matt, Pinetop & david are proZimmer. Redhaven and jman & jc are pro-Mason. Now if you 6 could shut up, maybe someone who isn’t blindly following one of these two women could chime in and give us some breakfast nuggets to chew on.

ps How do I post in italics and bold like redhaven does? That would have made this post 100 times more awsome.

JJB
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Well so long as the title makes it clear that it’s for a new poster, because I’d NEVER consider taking that title away from someone who posts as prolifically as you! 😀

In response to Red Haven who said:
Sorry JJB you got me wrong, but you do have my vote for Most Self-Absorbed New Daily 411 Poster. 😛 I’m a Patricia Waiters man now that Sal DeMeo stepped away from the game. Pupie has my vote if Waiters leaves the table before they print the ballots. Hey, why not? Dawn Zimmer endorsed Pupie in 2008, right?

jc5201
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jc5201

You have it all wrong. I’m leaning towards Everett What’s His Name. My first choice, Sal What’s his name dropped out.

In response to JJB who said:
I don’t even like Dawn and I can’t believe anyone thinks this is accurate. You zealots (Zimmer or Mason supporters) can’t see the forest through the trees. At least admit to yourselfs that your blind partisanship for Zimmer or Mason makes you completely unable to think rationally or accept that anyone can rationally back either woman. Between the commenters posts, the slanted articles and those loaded QoD. I mean I love this site but the politics on here sucks. I would love for someone connected to the campaigns of anyone other than Zimmer and Mason to post and give us insight into the platform that there running on.

I get it, Matt, Pinetop & david are proZimmer. Redhaven and jman & jc are pro-Mason. Now if you 6 could shut up, maybe someone who isn’t blindly following one of these two women could chime in and give us some breakfast nuggets to chew on.

ps How do I post in italics and bold like redhaven does? That would have made this post 100 times more awsome.

hobposer
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hobposer

jc5201, how ya feeling from the dentist? sorry i know this has nothing to do w the post, but JC5201 has a tooth ache the other day and wanted to make sure all is well 🙂

In response to jc5201 who said:
You have it all wrong. I’m leaning towards Everett What’s His Name. My first choice, Sal What’s his name dropped out.

plywood
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plywood

Amen. The whole schtick makes these threads write themselves (as in tuning everyone out), at the same time making them unreadable. Campaign gridlock.

In response to JJB who said:
I don’t even like Dawn and I can’t believe anyone thinks this is accurate. You zealots (Zimmer or Mason supporters) can’t see the forest through the trees. At least admit to yourselfs that your blind partisanship for Zimmer or Mason makes you completely unable to think rationally or accept that anyone can rationally back either woman. Between the commenters posts, the slanted articles and those loaded QoD. I mean I love this site but the politics on here sucks. I would love for someone connected to the campaigns of anyone other than Zimmer and Mason to post and give us insight into the platform that there running on.

I get it, Matt, Pinetop & david are proZimmer. Redhaven and jman & jc are pro-Mason. Now if you 6 could shut up, maybe someone who isn’t blindly following one of these two women could chime in and give us some breakfast nuggets to chew on.

ps How do I post in italics and bold like redhaven does? That would have made this post 100 times more awsome.

Fred
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Fred

Thank you for your reponse. If no laws were broken and this is only an acting position for a limited time. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

In response to jc5201 who said:
Mason was pointing out the laws during a very confusing time. By law, the newly elected Council President was well within her right to assume the acting mayor position at the time. Unfortunately, most reformers assumed she wouldn’t pig it. Most assumed that since she had yet to fully grasp the council president position, she’d do the right thing and appoint someone to the 4th Ward seat so those people wouldn’t go unrepresented. You know what they say about assuming though, she made an ass out of u and me!

truth1
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truth1

Many commenters are caught in their own crossfire. Can Brinkman make a good case for his slogan: “Unbossed, Uncorrupted, Undaunted”. Looking forward to Raia’s and Glatt’s positions. I have heard a lot from the Zimmer and Mason camp.

Red Haven
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Red Haven

matt_72, my last post stands in response not only to your post 276, but to all of your rants for the last three years regarding open government issues. These can be easily broken down into “Open government rules are made for them, not for us because we are the good guys.”

This also follows well with your recent declaration that calling on our government officials to hold open nationwide searches for the best available talent is important UNLESS Dawn Zimmer is involved. In that case hiring her under-qualified, underemployed soccer buddies is just fine with you “because she’s one of the good guys”.

You are the walking, talking, typing poster child for the Dawn Zimmer double standard. Didn’t you hear? There’s a Republican in the race now. Perhaps you should investigate switching your support to Nathan Brinkman before you lose every last shred of credibility defending the indefensible Left-wing New England Liberal Acting mayor.

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