2015 General Election – Races Include General Assembly, Hudson County Executive and Jersey City Board of Education

It’s almost time to do your civic duty and vote. Tuesday, November 3 is election day and this year’s General Election has all 80 seats in the Democratic controlled New Jersey General Assembly up for election. Representatives to the Assembly are elected to a two-year term that begins in January. Candidates running in Jersey City races fall into Districts 31 and 33.

The Hudson County Executive seat is also up for election as are three Jersey City Board of Education (JCBOE) positions.

And there is a local public question up for a vote on the ballot. The questions asks voters if the Municipal Council of Jersey City should change the date of its regular local municipal elections from the second Tuesday in May to the same day as the general election in November. Sample ballots can be found on the Hudson County Clerk’s website.

2015 Candidates Include

Hudson County Executive

Thomas DeGise
Democratic Incumbent. First elected to office in 2002.

Ivan Sutherland
Republican candidate. First time running.

New Jersey General Assembly

District 31

Nicholas Chiaravalloti
Democratic candidate. First time running.

Angela McKnight
Democratic candidate. First time running.

Matthew Kopko
Republican candidate. First time running.

Herminio Mendoza
Republican candidate. First time running.

Anthony Zanowic
Independent candidate running on the “Your Independent Leadership” ticket. Ran as a Republican candidate in 2013.

Alejandro Rodriguez
Independent candidate running on the “Your Independent Leadership” ticket. First time running.

District 33

Annette Chaparro
Democratic candidate. First time running.

Raj Mukherji
Democratic Incumbent. First elected to the chamber in 2013.

Garrett P. Simulcik, Jr.
Republican candidate. First time running.

Javier Sosa
Republican candidate. First time running.

Jersey City Board of Education

Vidya Gangadin
Incumbent candidate. Running on the “Education Matters” ticket.

John Reichart
Running on the “Education Matters” ticket. First time running.

Marilyn Roman
Incumbent candidate. Running on the “Education Matters” ticket.

Gina Verdibello
Independent candidate. Ran for JCBOE in 2013 and 2014.

JCI spoke with each of the JCBOE candidates about their backgrounds, what they see as the district’s biggest challenges, and what they hope to accomplish if elected. Read more here.

Polls open Tuesday, November 3, from 6 am to 8 pm. To find your polling place, check out the New Jersey Voter Information System and for more information on voting in Hudson County, visit the Hudson County Clerk’s website. If you experience problems voting or have other issues the state election hotline is 1-877-NJVOTER or check the NJ Voters’ Bill of Rights.

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Catherine Hecht

is the owner of Harmony Media, NJ, the publisher of Jersey City Independent and blogs about urban gardening at dig a path. She’s lived in Jersey City since 1999 and resides in the Heights section with her wife Beth Achenbach, they were the first couple to file as legal domestic partners in Jersey City. Cat has over 10 years experience in communications, marketing and publishing, she’s studied anthropology, art history, woman & gender studies, botany, ethnobotany, and herbology and she is a graduate of the Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy. She is also is a community activist, registered voter, gay rights activist, art lover, gardener, environmentalist, and an animal advocate.