Fifth Ward Race
Cunningham Takes The Fifth
Municipal bond specialist Peter Cunningham defeated former school board member Perry Belfiore 626-512. Cunningham had a commanding lead going into the runoff, just missing a first-ballot win by about 33 votes. Cunningham added 50 votes to his May 8th total while Belfiore gained 138 to close the gap somewhat, but not enough to avoid losing by 114 votes. There were 80 fewer votes cast than on May 8th, with one theory being some of Scott Delea’s votes didn’t show up a second time.
Cunningham was seen as the clear favorite going into the runoff, as the brownstone-lined ward has long been seen as the cradle of progressive thinking in Hoboken. His victory builds on the hard work of previous fifth ward candidates from Helen Manogue to Ines Garcia-Keim. There were several reports of suspected voter fraud in the fifth ward, though it’s not clear who may have directly perpetrated the alleged fraud or if election officials will investigate and bring charges.
News or press releases regarding each candidate can be seen on their respective pages.
3/29/2007: Updated Ward Map. Get full sized original HERE.