JERSEY CITY — Council President Rolando Lavarro (pictured above in a file photo) was re-elected convincingly in the last Nov. 7 elections, and was the top vote getter for the At-Large position, garnering 20,470 votes, according to the Hudson County Clerk website.

“I am thankful and humbled by the resounding support, which reaffirms the work and progress we have accomplished in Jersey City,” said Lavarro.

“But to keep Jersey City moving forward, I need colleagues on the Council that I can work collaboratively with and who share our values and vision for Jersey City.”

The contest is not over for Lavarro’s teammates running for their Ward seats, who are headed to a Dec. 5 runoff election, as they did not secure more than 50% of the votes in their respective contests.

Lavarro is urging the community to vote on Tuesday, Dec. 5, to send his teammates to the Council.

“It is imperative that we come out to vote on Tuesday, Dec. 5, for Denise Ridley (3A) for Ward A, Mira Prinz-Arey (3A) for Ward B and John Hanussak (1A) for Ward C.”

“I cannot stress enough that every vote counts. Our friend Mira missed the 50% mark on Nov. 7 by literally a handful of votes. We cannot let this opportunity to pass us by, to elect Council representatives that can fight for us and represent our interest in the Council.”

The Jersey City Municipal Council is a nine-member body, with three At-Large and six Ward council representatives.

“I cannot pass meaningful legislation on my own,” said Lavarro.

“It is important that the community vote for Team Fulop candidates of Ridley for Ward A, Prinz-Arey for Ward B and Hanussak for Ward C.”

The Wards in the Dec. 5 runoff represent concentrations of Filipinos in Jersey City.

Ward A encompasses Country Village, Franklin Park, Greenville, Port Liberté, Society Hill, and where Jollibee is located.

Ward B encompasses the stretch of West Side Avenue, a major business corridor with many Filipino small businesses.

Ward C encompasses Journal Square, which also has its share of Filipino businesses, including the popular Max restaurant and Philippine Breadhouse.

Ward E encompassing downtown Jersey City is also in a runoff, with Rebecca Symes facing off against James Solomon.

“We need to speak loudly with our votes,” said Lavarro.

“Anyone who needs information about Early Voting or Vote By Mail or need assistance to vote in the Dec. 5 runoff can go to or contact my campaign by calling or texting 201-988-5260 or sending an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or stopping by the Team Fulop HQ on the corner of West Side & Ege Avenues. We are working hard until Dec. 5 to get Team Fulop candidates to the finish line.”

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