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Bayonne keeps breaking glass ceilings

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Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that Loyad Booker, a decorated Gulf War combat veteran, will join his slate as a candidate for an at-large council seat.

If Booker wins in the May 2022 non-partisan municipal election, he will become the first Black to serve on the Bayonne City Council in the mere 159 years that have passed since President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Just three months ago, voters elected their first Black assemblyman from Bayonne, William B. Sampson IV, a crane operator and member of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA).

Davis is seeking his third term on a slate with incumbents Juan Perez (At-Large), Neal Carroll (First Ward), and Gary La Pelusa (Third Ward). He’s also joined by Jacqueline Weimmer, a bank executive, who joined the ticket after Davis tossed incumbent Salvatore Gullace.

He will face Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski and former school board member Michael Alonso.

Ashe-Nadrowski is still forming her council ticket. There is speculation that school board trustee Jodi Casais will seek an at-large council seat on Ashe-Nadrowski’s slate.

Booker recently retired after a 25-year career with the Bayonne police department, where Davis was a captain before he entered local politics as a candidate for mayor in 2018.

“Loyad Booker has already proven himself to be a selfless and dedicated public servant, and I am proud to be running alongside him on my Council slate,” Davis said. “Booker knows what it will take to keep our city safe and prioritize the wellbeing of our most vulnerable residents, like our seniors, children and others who need our help.”

Perez, a former Hudson County Sheriff, became the first Hispanic to win a Bayonne council seat in 2010.

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