Ballot positions determined
Ballot positions drawn, Trem and Carty withdraw
The 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 Before the positions were picked City Clerk Jim Farina made an announcement that the two independent candidates had withdrawn from the race, and they were the two most likely to draw a significant amount of support.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
When 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.
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.