HCDO ticket wins big in 33rd District; Stack, Garcia and Mukherji will face unopposed Republicans in November election
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Brian Stack.
Brian Stack.
HOBOKEN -- Incumbent state Sen. and Union City Mayor Brian Stack and his Hudson County Democratic Organization-endorsed (HCDO) General Assembly candidates, Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Raj Mukherji, prevailed in Democratic primaries held throughout the 33rd Legislative District on Tuesday night. Those three candidates will face three largely-unopposed Republicans in a November general election.

The 33rd District is comprised of Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken and parts of Jersey City, and is represented by one state senator and two assemblymen.

Stack, who ran unopposed, won 99.84 percent of the votes. Garcia and Mukherji captured 46.12% and 41.74% respectively, with 151 of 159 voting stations reporting. That means they get the Democratic nod for two open Assembly seats and will face Republicans in November.

The third-place finisher was far behind. Jersey City activist and attorney Peter Basso won 6.34 percent of the votes, while populist candidates Anthony Mills and John Hilt IV, who ran together, came in fourth and sixth places, respectively. Hoboken City Councilman-at-Large Ravi Bhalla, who dropped out of the race after a lawsuit failed to knock Garcia, his main competition, off the ballot, came in fifth. He recorded 445 votes.

In the Republican contest, Hoboken resident James Sanford won the state Senate primary, running unopposed. Jude Anthony Tiscornia (Jersey City) and Armando Hernandez (Union City) will represent the party in the November Assembly election. -- Dean DeChiaro

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