Jersey City falls into parts of three state legislative districts - the 31st, 32nd, and 33rd.
There are also countywide races for county executive, sheriff, and county clerk.
The longstanding Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) is facing a new group called the Democrats for Hudson. But some of those on the latter slate have more political experience than some on the former slate.
Last week, the two rival slates announced their candidates.
The "Democrats for Hudson County" is a new political group formed by Union City Mayor and State Assemblyman Brian Stack (D-33rd Dist.), who is competing for a state Senate seat in his district. Also at the head of the group is current State Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D-31st Dist.) who is competing for the state Senate seat in his own district.
They will be facing fellow Democrats running under the banner of the long-standing Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO).
Opposing Stack for the HCDO will be West New York Mayor and State Assemblyman Sal Vega, who is competing for the 33rd District state Senate seat that Stack also wants.
Opposing Manzo for state Senate in the 31st District will be Sandra Cunningham.
Whoever wins in the Democratic primaries will then face the Republican candidates in the general election on Nov. 6.
The term of office for state Senate is four years, and for the Assembly it is two years. The term of a county executive is four years, clerk is five years, and sheriff is three years.Countywide races
The HCDO is supporting incumbent County Executive Tom DeGise for re-election, Barbara Netchert for Hudson County clerk, and Juan Perez for Hudson County sheriff.
The Democrats for Hudson County are putting up Noemi Velazquez for county executive, incumbent Joseph Cassidy for sheriff, and Acting County Clerk Mary Jane Desmond for county clerk.
Netchert is currently the head of the Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development & Commerce. Perez is currently the deputy chief for the Jersey City Police Department. Velazquez is an administrator for the Jersey City Board of Education. District by district: 31st, 32nd and 33rd
In the 31st District (covering all of Bayonne and much of southern Jersey City), Assemblyman Manzo ("Democrats for Hudson") is trying to make the leap from Assembly to state Senate. Nicholas Chiaravalloti, a Bayonne resident who serves on the staff of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, is running for Assembly on the "Dems for Hudson" ticket. So is Jersey City resident Sheila Newton-Moses, head of the Sunnyside Academy, a preschool in Jersey City.
They will be facing an opposing, competitive HCDO ticket including Sandra Bolden Cunningham, widow of late Jersey City Mayor and State Sen. Glenn Cunningham. Bolden Cunningham is running for state Senate. Running for 31st District Assembly on her slate are former Jersey City City Council President L. Harvey Smith and Bayonne City Councilman Anthony Chiappone.
In the 32nd District (the western part of Jersey City near the Hackensack River), along with North Bergen, Secaucus, East Newark, Fairview, Harrison, and Kearny), Jersey City police officer Sean Connors will be assuming the Goliath-like task of opposing longtime State Sen. and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, who lives in North Bergen.
Running for Assembly on Connors' slate are longtime Secaucus resident and Board of Education member Tom Troyer, and another candidate who was not named by press time. The HCDO candidates for the 32nd District Assembly are Jersey City resident Joan Quigley and Secaucus resident Vincent Prieto, both of whom are Assembly incumbents.
In the 33rd District (Jersey City Heights, Guttenberg, Hoboken, Weehawken, and West New York), Union City mayor, state Assemblyman and emerging political powerbroker Brian Stack is running for the State Senate seat on the "Democrats for Hudson" ticket. Stack will be opposing West New York Mayor and fellow Assemblyman Silverio "Sal" Vega of the HCDO for that seat.
Stack's running mates for the Assembly seats will be Hoboken City Council President Ruben Ramos and West New York Town Commissioner Caridad Rodriguez. They will face former Hoboken councilwoman Carol Marsh and Union City resident Nicole Garcia, the wife of former Union City mayor and State Assemblyman Rudy Garcia.
For longer profiles on these candidates, see:
31st District: www.bayonnecommunitynews.com
32nd District: www.secaucusreporter.com
33rd District: www.hobokenreporter.com.