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Charles Mainor, ex-assemblyman, to run for Jersey City mayor
« Reply #2 on: 11-18-2016, 05:41pm »
Charles Mainor, ex-assemblyman, to run for Jersey City mayor
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on November 18, 2016 at 12:20 PM, updated November 18, 2016 at 2:17 PM

JERSEY CITY Voters don't head to the polls in the next Jersey City mayor's race for 354 days, but the contest now has three declared candidates. Charles Mainor, a retired police detective and former state assemblyman, told The Jersey Journal this week that he intends to challenge Mayor Steve Fulop's re-election bid next November.

Mainor, 49, who was elbowed out of a fourth term in the Assembly last year, said in an interview at Larsen's Restaurant on Bergen Avenue that he's running for mayor to make sure every resident enjoys the fruits of Jersey City's renaissance.

"Everybody should be a part of Jersey City moving forward and I don't see that right now," he said.

Voters don't head to the polls for another year, but there are already two declared candidates.

Mainor, who lives on Wade Street in the city's Greenville section, said his campaign will focus on decreasing crime, bringing jobs to city residents and improving education by strengthening ties between City Hall and the public-school district. Mainor said he intends to be mayor "of the whole city, not just the Waterfront."

"There are parts of the city that do receive more attention than others," Mainor said.

Fulop has been dinged by critics who allege he focuses on the city's wealthier neighborhoods. The mayor has denied this charge, pointing to city investments in troubled neighborhoods such as the City Hall Annex. Read more

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#JCelex 2017: The race for Jersey City mayor
« Reply #1 on: 11-15-2016, 11:51am »
Bill Matsikoudis announces bid for Jersey City mayor
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on November 15, 2016 at 8:14 AM, updated November 15, 2016 at 9:17 AM

Bill Matsikoudis, who was corporation counsel for nearly a decade under former Mayor Jerramiah Healy, announced his intention to run for Jersey City mayor next year in a video posted on his campaign website this morning.

Citing his "profound love" for Jersey City, Matsikoudis is vowing to focus on implementing community policing, cutting "out of control" city spending, increasing affordable housing and more. The 45-year-old Downtown attorney is the only person to declare his intention to challenge Mayor Steve Fulop in November 2017.

"I hope to be elected your mayor so that I can fully dedicate all that I have to offer to make Jersey City safer, more affordable, more beautiful and the truly world-class city that we know it can be," Matsikoudis says in the four-minute video.

Matsikoudis' announcement comes a year before voters will head to the polls to select a mayor and nine City Council members.

Some of the criticisms Matsikoudis hurls at City Hall in the video center around the very issues that propelled Fulop into office in May 2013, when Fulop unseated Healy. Matsikoudis says the city suffers from violent crime, neglected neighborhoods and a city government "bloated with patronage," all jabs Fulop once made about the Healy administration. Read more

See also: Fulop to call off run for governor, endorse Murphy
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