Last week, the Reporter gave profiles of the 1st and 2nd Ward candidates. To learn more about those candidates visit www.hobokenreporter.com.
This week, the 3rd and 4th ward candidates were asked which issues they believe are the most important in the election. They were also asked what solutions they have to deal with those issues.
On May 4, the candidates in the 5th and 6th wards will be profiled.
This year's election sees four different slates supporting candidates, and there are also several independents.
The first slate is supported by Mayor David Roberts, and they are using the "Hoboken United" name. That slate contains mostly council incumbents.
Another high-profile slate contains disenfranchised Roberts supporters and long-time town activists. They are calling themselves the Hoboken Alliance for Accountable Government.
A third group, Hoboken First, is supporting four candidates. Some of the issues the group is running on are balancing the budget without relying on non-recurring "one-shot" revenues, and undertaking a smart growth development plan for the western end of the city.
A fourth group, the Hoboken Citizen's Organization (HCO), includes independent long-time city activists.
In the 3rd
Making the 3rd Ward race one of the most interesting is the return of former Mayor Anthony Russo. Russo was beaten handily by Roberts in the 2001 election but believes that Roberts has not performed up to expectations in his first two years.
Russo faces stiff competition from current council Vice-President Rosanne Andreula, who used to be one of Russo's closest allies.
Competitor Elizabeth Markevitch also has a high profile. She co-founded Hoboken Common Sense, a civic group dedicated to open government. She is a familiar face at almost every City Council, Planning Board, and Board of Education meeting. One of Markevitch's big issues has been creating more open space.
Vincent Addeo, Hoboken First's candidate, is the district organizer for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO, Transportation Department.
In the 4th
The 4th Ward race, out of all of the races, has been the most politically frenetic. The mudslinging between the mayor's candidate, Christopher Campos, and the mayor's former ally, Councilman-at-Large Tony Soares, is already underway in full force.
Making the 4th Ward race more complicated are Hoboken First's Anthony Mussara and independent Sal DeMeo. The 4th Ward, or the southwest part of town, includes the Hoboken Housing Authority projects and some market-rate housing. HHA issues affect all Hobokenites because it is their federal tax dollars that fund low-income housing.