If Jersey City Councilwoman Nidia Rivera Lopez (D-Orlando) resigns or is forced out before early September, Ward C voters would elect a replacement in a November 2009 special election to fill the remaining 44 months of her term. If Lopez holds off until mid-September, the special election will not be held until May 2010. Either way, the City Council would appoint someone to fill the vacancy until a special election is held.
Update: Lopez, who attended a Council meeting last night, is in Orlando today.
A special election could pit Mayor Jerramiah Healy and the Hudson County Democratic Organization against City Councilman Steven Fulop, who is widely viewed as a 2013 mayoral candidate. Both would likely recruit candidates to run. And a special election could mean increased turnout in part of Jersey City – not a bad thing for Gov. Jon Corzine, who has the backing of Healy and Fulop.