Mason: Officially running for Mayor
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.
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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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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
Councilwoman 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.
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2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason says she’s contemplating running for Mayor again in the November election.
Mason on Cammarano’s Resignation
“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.”