On Tuesday, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s slate for council won big. Team Zimmer was able to bring home wins in four of the five contested districts, giving Zimmer a 7-2 majority on the board.
In Ward 1, Michael DeFusco toppled 21-year incumbent Terry Castellano. In Ward 2, Tiffanie Fisher beat out Peter Biancamano Bonnie Murray. In Wards 5 and 6 incumbents Peter Cunningham and Jen Giattino beat out challengers Eduardo Gonzalez and Carmelo Garcia. Michael Russo ran unchallenged in Ward 3.
According to Zimmer, the win spells out good things for the future of Hoboken. She also said that, because all the wins were decisive, it is clear that her policies are in line with what Hoboken residents want to see.
“Leading into this election, my political opponents said that these ward races would be a referendum on my administration,” she said. “The voters sent a clear message that they want to keep Hoboken moving forward in a positive direction. I look forward to working with everyone, whether they supported us or not, to do what is best for Hoboken.”
Despite statements from candidates like Carmelo Garcia that a wins for non-Zimmer candidates were imminent on Tuesday, only one candidate not on Zimmer’s slate was able to win. In Ward 4, Ruben Ramos, former assemblyman and one-time Hoboken mayoral challenger to Zimmer, defeated Team Zimmer’s Dana Wefer and incumbent Tim Occhipinti. He and Russo are now the only councilmembers not affiliated with Team Zimmer.
The new councilmembers will join at-large councilmembers Ravi Bhalla, James Doyle and David Mello, all Zimmer allies. The Mayor and at-large councilmember terms expire in 2017. Those elected on Tuesday’s terms will expire in 2018.