HOBOKEN – Trounced in herrun for mayorearlier this year, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason todaycongratulated Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer – and all but announced that she will challenge Zimmer in a special election this coming November.
“While this is certainly another sad day for the City of Hoboken, Peter Cammarano did the right thing this morning by offering his resignation,” said Mason.”This City deserves to move out from under this black cloud of alleged corruption and get on with the people’s business.
“I wish acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer the best of luck and pledge to work with her in getting our local government back on track as we tackle the issues most important to our residents.
“That said,” she added, “many of my supporters from across the city have asked me whether I intend to run for mayor in November’s special election. In a time of crisis, people are clearly looking for a viable alternative who can unite the people of Hoboken to fix the city’s problems. As a person who has been a corporate executive living here for over 25 years and who has been a good government advocate all of my life, I am confident that I have the experience and vision this City needs to move forward. I am taking this opportunity to discuss my future plans with my family and I plan on making a final decision announcing my plans in the near future.”
Like Zimmer, Mason arrived in city politics as a reformer, a brand critics say she diluted when she allied herself in her mayoral run with 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo, son of former Mayor Anthony Russo.
Once the favorite in the May nonpartisan mayoral election, she ended up finishinga distantthird behind Zimmer and Peter Cammarano.
Her apologistsnote that the 49% of the vote Zimmer later earned in her June runoff with Cammarano contained those votes Mason added to Zimmer’s mix when she endorsed her over Cammarano.