Tuesday, May 23, 2017

State of the Hoboken mayoral race: Mike DeFusco's entry better late than never

There's elections all around Hudson County this year. If you call almost all of the unopposed candidate elections celebrations you'd have more in common with the typical Soviet model where 99% of the vote went to the slate of approved candidates.

It's not quite 99% in Hudson County. For most of the designated HudCo winners, tallies will be in the ballpark of 85%. They judge winning by how much higher the percentage of dwindling voters showing up for the one party farce are nailed down.

So come November, much attention will be on Hoboken as one mayoral race in Hudson County will at least be a contested election. Councilman Mike DeFusco finally pulled the trigger getting in an announcement he's running for Hoboken mayor before the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the unofficial start of summer.

Mayoral candidate DeFusco got the announcement in under the wire but sans a three person council at-large slate. He's running stark naked for the moment and can't lay claim to any additional support a slate of candidates would bring.

Councilman Mike DeFusco is trying a Reform Lite platform but
will this peel off Zimmer votes sufficient to win in November?

The plan didn't start out this way. Councilman DeFusco backed into the race without a slate as efforts seen in his Reform-Lite video indicates where he'd like to take the campaign. It's been designated as an Alt-Reform ticket. Finding people to join the concept however has been harder than originally thought.

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