Victory!

Just a few minutes ago – a Hudson County judge ordered that all ten city council candidates including me, Cindy Wiegand and Manny Rivera shall be placed on the ballot. Mayor Bhalla, his city council slate and his team of lawyers fought very hard to keep us off the ballot – but the judge decided we had collected sufficient petitions to be placed on the ballot. Congratulations to Cindy and Manny and to Hoboken voters – we will have a full field of 10 at-large city council candidates!

Where are we?

After a trip to Canada and a short delay for Jewish Holidays – I’m back to work. I hope.

NJSA 19:13-10 – specifies that all my petitions should have been accepted (all 509) and that in order for any to be thrown out, objections to specific petitions would need to be received. The deadline for those objections was 9/3/2021 – and that date passed without any objections. Finally on 9/8/2021 (yesterday), Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s team submitted an objection to three candidate’s petitions: myself included.

I think the law is on my side – and I think I’ll find a way to get myself on the ballot – but for now, I expect the city clerk and corporation counsel to side with Mayor Bhalla.

In a way – it’s a bit flattering: Mayor Bhalla so badly doesn’t want me to run that he’s trying to make it so I can’t appear on the ballot. But it’s also frustrating. I’ve supported Mayor Bhalla in the past and heck, I still support him when he’s right – I just want the chance to prove that I’m at least the third best candidate in this election (top six make run off, top three in runoff would win seats).

Finally – I’m a business person AND I have the mindset that I’ll reach out to constituents whenever it’s necessary (which should be frequently) and not when there isn’t anything to report. I’ll do the same while campaigning.

Oh – and I’m not sure if the pop-up counts are wrong or if it’s just one or two people that keep hitting refresh or maybe it’s web spiders – but it appears this site is getting surprising traffic (pop up viewed over 100 times a day, and this site has barely been publicized).

509 Petitions Submitted.

Congratulations to all the candidates. All ten submitted more than the required 431 – and I’m hopeful that everyone who put in the effort is successful at getting on the ballot. At 509 petitions – getting on the ballot is not a lock, but I feel pretty good about my chances and pretty good about what I accomplished, only having five days to obtain my petitions.

This was an extremely difficult year to gather petitions. Nearly all were collected outdoors – and in very hot and humid weather. It took me a while (two days?) to figure out how to get petitions – city hall was closed. Only with a call to a sitting councilperson was I able to get into City Hall. This in itself makes me believe the normal 431 required petitions should be waived – two extra days averaging 100 petitions per day would have been plenty.

But I will hope for the best and wait a few days for the results.

As far as the other candidates – all had impressive petition totals – and the numbers all make sense. With the size and experience of the team along with paid staff and the only two incumbents running: I would expect the Mayor’s slate to have the easiest time obtaining petitions. And while I had the shortest time – and no paid staff: I have a long tenure as a business owner in Hoboken, I know a large number of people and I’m generally a hard worker so I expected to surpass 500. I’m crazy impressed with Cindy Wiegand, Patricia Waiters and Manny Rivera – who like me didn’t have a slate but unlike me didn’t have my resources. Congratulations all!

Five hundred petitions and a funeral

I had five days to get five hundred petitions. Unfortunately – my Aunt passed away and I had to attend her funeral today (Sunday) – so it put a kink in what was becoming a well-oiled machine. After an emotional five hours – I was back on the campaign trail and kept pushing forward.

We are just short of the five hundred petitions we need to cover the minimum required plus a buffer. Tomorrow – my goal is to get 30 more and have all of them submitted by about 3:30. If your spouse, neighbor, friend from the dog park or coffee buddy can sign a petition for me: it’d be greatly appreciated. Petitions can be brought to 1012 Grand Street as late as about 2 pm and I’ll be sure to add them to my collection.

I really appreciate everything everyone has done for me especially Cindy Wiegand who is also running (print and sign her PDF and bring it to 1012 Grand – it’s also on this website) and Councilperson Jen Giattino, who when I thought I might just come up a little short, stepped in from helping her own candidates and got a bunch of petitions for me.

Off & Running…

Collecting signatures from numerous random people during a pandemic is hard – but doing so in 93 degree heat is even harder. I need help! I’m sure I can get a couple hundred petitions signed myself – but I could use a dozen or so people to each get me a dozen or so. That would put me over the hump. If you are interested in joining my team – please contact me at ian@hobokengolf.com with your availability and contact information. ANY availability is appreciated and I’ll train anyone interested.

Find Me

I’ll be all around town – come find me!

With a two year old AND a business, my schedule is full, unpredictable and hectic – so if I’m missing from where I’m supposed to be – you may need to check my social media – my political facebook page is @ianforhoboken.

Just about every day – I’ll be at breakfast shortly after 8 – with a rotation of Anthony Davids, Tosti and Gigi Rotisserie. On weekends – at 9 AM I’ll be at Play! Hoboken (1012 Grand Street). And weekdays – I’ll be around town until about 10:15. I’ll arrive at Play! Hoboken at around 11 AM.

First order of business is getting my nominating petitions together. I really need as much help as possible to get that done in time to be put on the ballot. Please find me to sign – or if you are able to help get friends/family/strangers to sign petitions for me: it’ll be a great help!

Welcome to my Campaign

Win or lose – this will be a positively run campaign. I intend to focus on issues that face Hoboken Residents, Businesses and City Workers such as:

Eliminating confusing parking rules and signage in favor of one consistent policy throughout Hoboken (meters everywhere that are free for residents in residential areas).

Banning motor vehicles in city parks except during emergencies.

Planning park renovations at times of the year when those parks are less likely to be used.

Allowing cars to go straight only during the short ‘grace period’ for cross walks.

Scheduling our ‘on foot’ sidewalk sweepers so that they are always working on the shaded side of the street.

Comprehensive wayfinding signage to city garages throughout Hoboken.

I’ve lived in Hoboken for 23 years. I’ve had a business in Hoboken for 19 years. I have an ‘almost 3 year old’ child who will be attending Kaplan preschool in September. I’m been active in Hoboken in numerous ways for almost the entire time I’ve lived here – often pulling away from politics at times when things have become too political.

I do not and have never believed in slates, voting ‘party line’ or negative campaigning. I’m hopeful this will be an issue focused campaign for all candidates.