Hoboken Election Notes

11/5/2009 Update:

More Results: Absentees now included

The absentee ballots have been counted, giving us a better idea how the numbers broke down in Tuesday’s election. Obviously Dawn Zimmer is still the winner and beneficiary of a field that in the end was too crowded to beat her. Here’s a look at the breakdown (without dopey write-in votes):

  • Dawn Zimmer: 5621 (41.9%) – down from 5976 in June
  • Beth Mason: 3038 (22.7%) – up from 2541 in May
  • Frank Raia: 2665 (19.9%) – up from 2373 in April (BoE)
  • Kimberly Glatt: 1380 (10.3%)
  • Nathan Brinkman: 567 (4.2%)
  • Patricia Waiters: 87 (0.4%)
  • Everton Wilson: 39 (0.3%)

The win is less impressive when you compare it this way:
Everyone Else: 7776 vs. Dawn Zimmer: 5621

Zimmer wins every ward on the spreadsheet, until you tally up the numbers and see how “Everyone Else” overwhelms her totals:

zimmer-vs-everyone-else-chart-in-hoboken-nj

Beth Mason finished second behind Zimmer in every ward but the Third, where Frank Raia took the silver medal. Raia was first in the Absentee Ballot race with 395, followed by Zimmer with 343. Legal challenges to 89 Raia absentees were dropped after it was clear it wouldn’t affect the outcome of the race.

What it means for the non-winners

Beth Mason can walk away knowing her support grew by about 500 votes, giving her second place. Don’t believe the “cost per vote” hype some amateurs are trying to sell you. Until the post-election reports come in it’s impossible to get an accurate picture of the money spent. Raia was pouring dollars into the streets of the third and fourth wards well beyond what he has declared so far on his ELEC forms. Still, Pupie once again came in third place, just as he did in the 2005 Mayoral race. From the outset 411 predicted Zimmer, Mason and Raia would be the top three.

Glatt, Brinkman and the rest flounder

You were told right off the bat Kimberly Glatt and Nathan Brinkman had little shot to win. Glatt ended up with 10% of the vote even after her operatives managed to get some lazy political columnists to spread the lie the Judge was “polling in second place”. Never happened for her – or for Raia for that matter – but it didn’t stop their campaigns from saying otherwise. Zimmer operatives put out polling misinformation about Glatt and Raia in an attempt to deflate Mason’s momentum.

Had the 4032 Hobokenites who voted for Chris Christie also voted for Nathan Brinkman he would have come in second between Zimmer and Mason. With only 567 votes, Brinkman was not a factor. What can be said about Patricia Waiters and Everton Wilson other than they got more signatures on their election petitions than votes on Election Day.

At least they can say they got more votes than Artie Lange.

11/3/2009:

Zimmer wins election – low voter turnout

Here are the preliminary results not including absentee and provisionals (35/36 97.22%)

Dawn Zimmer: 5,278 (42.92%)
Elizabeth Mason: 2,780 (22.61%)
Frank Raia: 2,270 (18.46%)
Kimberly Glatt: 1,284 (10.44%)
Nathan Brinkman: 554 (4.50%)
Patricia A. Waiters: 74 (0.60%)
Everton A. Wilson: 36 (0.29%)
Personal Choice: 22 (0.18%)
Total: 12,298 (100.00%)

Hopefully she can do her job, and not fall through on her campaign promises. Time will tell if she is a good Mayor or not, and loses the trust of the over 5,000 people that voted for her today.

It’ll finally be over!

If you’re like me, you will be happy this grueling third Hoboken Mayoral Election of 2009 should be over tonight (barring any freaky occurrences!) If Mason or Zimmer win, we’ll have yet another “special” election in the 2nd or 4th Wards this coming February 2010. If anyone else takes the top spot, this will be the last “city hall” election till 2011.

Swing back at around 7pm tonight when I’ll start the live blog, and you can discuss the day’s events, who you voted for, and the initial (unverified) election results as quickly as I get them.

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113 Comments on "Hoboken Election Notes"

realstuff
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realstuff

This election result was a no-brainer as I have commented about prior to the election. Mason has been here over 20 years and secured some local support with most probably included, Perry B., Mike R and Moe DeG…..Raia had support from Amato and Cappiello…Glatt had support from M. Fitz, Dave, Novak, England. With this division of votes, Zimmer could not lose. I predicted Mason for 2nd due to her massive $ effort…. Raia could have bested her if he started earlier since he ran a rather smooth professional campaign…Glatt needed more exposure and is only 44 years old….seems to have a future in politics….As for the present, Dawn is the Mayor and we now have to pull together for a better Hoboken.

truth1
Member
truth1

The election is over! Hopefully, after the appointment of a 4th Ward councilperson, our councilmeetings will become more businesslike and our governing body will really work together in concert with Judy T. and the Mayor for the betterment of all the citizens of Hoboken……time will tell…see ya.

scottmasters
Member
scottmasters

I was watching the discussion about Mayor’s salary at the counsel meeting last night ….. Beth Mason was just ITCHING to have the salary decreased even more! I wonder why?

mooshu
Member
mooshu

Because a 10% reduction is a joke.

In response to scottmasters who said:
I was watching the discussion about Mayor’s salary at the counsel meeting last night ….. Beth Mason was just ITCHING to have the salary decreased even more! I wonder why?

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker

First of all, there was no 10% reduction: the Council reduced Roberts’ salary by 10%, then Cammarano, in his short tenure, returned it back to where it was before the reduction. Zimmer then reduced it back to where Roberts salary was when he left. So Zimmer’s current salary is the same as what Roberts received when he left.

I suspect Mason just wanted a real reduction of 10%: the Hoboken mayor is still one of the highest paid in the state.

In response to mooshu who said:
Because a 10% reduction is a joke.

mooshu
Member
mooshu

I never said I voted for Beth. In fact, I haven’t even mentioned my candidate of choice.

Anyway, what I find really amusing is just how quickly some of the Zimmerist party forgot about THEIR douchie conquering of threads in the past couple of months.

My, my. Take some B-vitamins. Maybe they’ll help.

freewheelin
Member

Some of you Dawn haters have real issues. Get over it and move on. You lost, she won and that’s that. You can spend the next four years complaining or do your part to make this a better city.

mcgato
Member
mcgato

Since H411 made this place an “everything Beth does is great” and “everything Dawn does is evil” location, the rabidly pro-Beth crowd had taken over a lot of the discussions. They are still here and a little too vocal for my tastes. I much preferred the calm after Petey C was arrested and all of the pro-machine people disappeared. Many have returned, though.

In response to freewheelin who said:
Some of you Dawn haters have real issues. Get over it and move on. You lost, she won and that’s that. You can spend the next four years complaining or do your part to make this a better city.

blahblahblah
Member
blahblahblah

watch what you say….zimmer very much associated with the machine when she ran for council….but in four years, watch the alligning which goes on…also, everyone from marsh to lenz will be telling zimmer what to do…THAT IS FACT and you all know it…for me, i agree with Mooshu….if raia and glatt really put thought into it, they would have pulled out early and aligned with mason if they really thought zimmer was not a good choice…any fool knew with this many candidates zimmer was a lock to win….AHHHH, maybe raia and glatt were in to take votes from mason alla daggot taking vots from corzine or christie, which ever way you want to spin it…in any event 4 years will tell alot like it does with most politicans…so far zimmer won the battle the war will be decided in February…

In response to mcgato who said:
Since H411 made this place an “everything Beth does is great” and “everything Dawn does is evil” location, the rabidly pro-Beth crowd had taken over a lot of the discussions. They are still here and a little too vocal for my tastes. I much preferred the calm after Petey C was arrested and all of the pro-machine people disappeared. Many have returned, though.

mooshu
Member
mooshu

You make a couple of good points in there… Thanks.

In response to blahblahblah who said:
watch what you say….zimmer very much associated with the machine when she ran for council….but in four years, watch the alligning which goes on…also, everyone from marsh to lenz will be telling zimmer what to do…THAT IS FACT and you all know it…for me, i agree with Mooshu….if raia and glatt really put thought into it, they would have pulled out early and aligned with mason if they really thought zimmer was not a good choice…any fool knew with this many candidates zimmer was a lock to win….AHHHH, maybe raia and glatt were in to take votes from mason alla daggot taking vots from corzine or christie, which ever way you want to spin it…in any event 4 years will tell alot like it does with most politicans…so far zimmer won the battle the war will be decided in February…

justaview
Member
justaview

Dawn Zimhahahahahahahah

In response to mcgato who said:
Since H411 made this place an “everything Beth does is great” and “everything Dawn does is evil” location, the rabidly pro-Beth crowd had taken over a lot of the discussions. They are still here and a little too vocal for my tastes. I much preferred the calm after Petey C was arrested and all of the pro-machine people disappeared. Many have returned, though.

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