After initially figuring he would run alone against incumbent Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack, Frank Scarafile said he has decided to run as part of a ticket that he plans to unveil next week.
“I want to emphasize that we do not directly elect a mayor in this form of government, but the people don’t seem to understand that,” Scarafile told PolitickerNJ.com. “I’ve talked to too many people who say if I run alone it would look like a sign of weakness. Since we’ve had this commissioner form of government in Union City – going back to the 1930’s – we’ve never had a split ticket. It’s all or none. So I’m going to run with a team.”
The superintendent of Little Ferry schools admitted that ultimately he’s going after Stack.
“I’m not going to sit here and watch one person run the whole show,” said the candidate, whose operations hit turbulence early when Union City cops late last year seized literature he was distributing that featured contrived mea culpa admissions by Stack.
Police charged Scarafile and his allies with defamation in a case that’s still pending.
“I’ve had absolutely no trouble here at work with that – they know it’s ridiculous, Hudson County politics,” said Scarafile, who wants to try to raise between $75,000 and $100,000 in his long-shot bid to unseat the powerful and popular incumbent.