I am writing to thank the many people who cast their ballots on May 14th for me and wish to thank those whose contributions helped support me whether by sweat equity, financially or in spirit in my run for City Council Ward B. This support has been very meaningful and has made me stronger in my conviction to get out my message and have the chance to serve honorably.
Due to Gerald Meyers legally removing himself from the June 11th runoff election, the Superior Court ordered that I be placed on the ballot, giving the over 62 percent of the people who voted for someone other than the first place finisher a choice in the runoff election. This is how our Democratic ideals should work and I am glad that the court prevented this process from being short circuited and permitted the spirit of the law to prevail.
We now have a choice. I believe the City Council needs truly independent and strong voices that owe their political allegiance to no one except the electorate and are therefore free to vote in the best interest of all residents.
As an independent candidate, I have a vision for Ward B and the city as a whole. Some initiatives that I would like to advocate for include: reimaging Ward B as the “University District” to bring an urban renaissance and jobs to a long forgotten area of the city; advocating for the transitioning of our street lighting to an LED system which is greener, more cost efficient and brighter helping to keep taxes affordable and our streets safer; looking into the rising cost of water and sewer charges, and bringing the service back under municipal control; lobbying for State funding to pay for police overtime to help with increased traffic flow due to work on the Pulaski Skyway and seeking/supporting quality youth programs such as the Guardian Angels, which I have previously tried to bring to Jersey City.
On Tuesday, June 11th, I ask that the residents of Ward B stand united and vote in the best interest of the community and city by voting for Esther Wintner 3B in Ward B. Remember to vote and bring a friend to the voting booth. Thank you.
Esther Wintner 3B
Candidate for Councilwoman in Ward B