Councilman Peter Cunningham: ‘Considering November’s mayoral election’

From the desk of Fifth Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham:

Dear Family, Friends and Neighbors, 

I wanted to reach out to you on the major news that broke this week about Mayor Zimmer deciding not to seek a third term.  As a reminder to many of you, Dawn and I were elected to the City Council together in 2007.  We have managed to achieve a great deal for Hoboken with our current council colleagues Ravi Bhalla, Jim Doyle, Tiffanie Fisher, Dave Mello and Council President Jen Giattino.
Unlike the trying times of 2007, we are a growing community facing an entirely new set of challenges.  The first one of course is to avoid seeing the “clock turned back” and allow old political elements to get their hands on the wheel of government again.  In those times, abuses and corruption were rampant.  
The second is our challenge to identify the best candidate to win in November.  It should be as in the past, a collaborative process which is not only a core tenet of reform.  Many of the goals achieved in the last 8 years have been achieved by consensus and collaboration.  And in fact today, many of the nine councilmembers are working collaboratively.
While Mayor Zimmer decided to endorse our friend and colleague Councilman Bhalla on Monday, a collaborative conversation among her team did not take place.  I, for one, think that process is warranted.  
Based on these factors, I’ve decided at this time not to join the Mayor in endorsing Ravi.  
Yesterday, Council President Jen Giattino issued a statement saying she is considering entering the mayoral race.  While some are feeling a sense of trepidation if that happens, I feel there is an opportunity here that can lead to victory in November.
As we make this evaluation, I am asking you to keep an open mind and allow the voices of our community a chance to be heard.  We deserve it. 
I  look forward to hearing from you on any aspect of this message and trust we’ll come to a decision together that’s best for Hoboken.  Thanks, Peter  
Peter Cunningham

Talking Ed Note: As a matter of policy, editorial notes don’t follow official releases but the Hudson County View has a story including a response by Ravi Bhalla’s spokesman to Peter Cunningham’s letter to the Hoboken community yesterday.

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