Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Breaking: Final tallies with absentee ballots

Candidate            Absentee Votes        Total Vote      Percentage 

Dawn Zimmer                 343                      5621               41.91%

Beth Mason                     258                      3038                22.65%
Frank Raia                      395                       2665                19.87%

Kimberly Glatt                  96                       1380                10.29%

Nathan Brinkman             13                         582                  4.34%

Patricia Waiters                13                           87                   0.65%
Everton Wilson                  3                            38                   0.28%

Total                      1121                 13,411

There may be some provisional ballots added by Friday.
Initial percentages errors have been corrected. An initial spreadsheet we worked off of had errors.
We apologize for the mistake.

Mayor Zimmer victory party remarks

This is a short clip of the remarks at the victory party of Mayor Dawn Zimmer.  Taken for purposes of the audio as Dawn is actually standing near Ravi Bhalla but not in the light.
It captures the crowd's enthusiasm quite well.  What is notable is Mayor Zimmer's urging for people to stay involved.

Here we go....

As it was said in the campaign, it really is time to turn the page.  And now is a good place to start.  If you haven't already seen it, the jolly green giant himself has posted the video of the new Mayor Dawn Zimmer making her remarks after her blow out victory last night.  

This election strikes us as important on a number of levels.  First, for the second time in a row, Hoboken voters have shown a remarkable resilience to vote against the grain and not side with the big machine and big money candidates.  Is it due to Dawn Zimmer and her message and grace or is it something far larger?  Surely victory has a thousand friends (or more) and we'll hear lots of reasons and of course spin as to why.  But really none of that matters for the moment.  The reality is this town has a lot to be proud of bouncing back from an absolutely awful time. (No we are not even going to mention the name.)  

We'll have more to say later.  For the moment, we're taken aback not from the blow out victory in a field of seven where the winner was vastly outspent by her two main rivals, but at the voters of Hoboken.  

We'd also like to again thank Judy Tripodi.  She allowed a humble pony to be a conduit to get just some basic facts to the public.  That's an endorsement you just can't buy.  Her and her team's public service should not be overlooked in the process of Hoboken turning the page.

Congratulations to Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her family!

(Photo:  A family sits in Five Guys on Washington St. just before the polls close and showing their support.)