Daniel Levin, founder and past president of Civic JC, a citywide good government organization, announced today that he is a candidate for Jersey City mayor.
"I am running for mayor of Jersey City as a clear and distinct alternative to both the past administration and current candidates," said Levin, who is challenging Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy.
"I will bring the public back into the decision-making processes of Jersey City government, lead a more open, transparent, responsible government accountable to constituents, reduce conflicts of interest through campaign finance and ethical code reforms, advance an alternative economic vision for the city that will provide needed jobs for our inner-city residents, and make Jersey City a better employer through sound management practices," Levin added.
He said in the coming months, he intends to build a coalition of reform-minded council candidates and run with a full council slate.
The candidate’s accomplishments include founding the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, and playing leadership roles with the Harsimus Cove Association (HCA), as well as founding and serving as first president of Civic JC, a policy study and advocacy organization that introduced pay-to-play reform and good government initiatives.
According to his release, Levin owns and manages FASTFRAME in Hoboken and serves as vice-president of the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, he spent a decade in management at Municipal Credit Union, New York City’s largest credit union. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University.
Born in Newark and raised in South Orange, Levin has resided in Jersey City since 1996. He and his wife, Leonila Paunil, have two children, John and Isabella, who were born in Christ Hospital and currently attend a public charter school.
In addition to Healy and Levin, former Mayor Brett Schundler has announced his candidacy, and former Assemblyman Lou Manzo is set to run adstoward the same end. Councilman Steve Fulop is another likely candidate to challenge Healy.