Hoboken election of 2005

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The Hoboken election of 2005 is an election that was held on May 10, 2005 in Hoboken, New Jersey for Hoboken residents, in which the Mayor of Hoboken was chosen based on the number of votes. However, no mayoral candidate was able to obtain at least 50% of the vote. The top two vote-getters, David Roberts and Carol Marsh, ran on June 14 in a runoff election, and Roberts won 5,761 to 4,239 (votes). In the May 10 election, Roberts got 39% of the votes and Marsh got 27% of the vote. There were 5 people running for mayor, 3 of which did not make it to the runoff. There were also 17 people running for 3 at-large seats on the Hoboken City Council, but in the same manner as those running for mayor, no candidate could get a majority, so the 6 people running for council that got the most votes were in the June 14 runoff election (everyone on Robert's team and everyone on Marsh's team). Since the start of the election, there were only 3 spots available on the council, so only 3 of the 17 running for Hoboken City Council (17.6%) would be successful. Those 3 people are now going to be people from Roberts' team. Each position that the candidates were running for is a 4-year term.

There was a miscommunication on the night of May 10, 2005, when the people at Roberts' headquarters announced over a megaphone to a crowd of supporters that Roberts was going to win the election. Either they didn't get the correct information in time, or they came to a conclusion too quickly, because an hour after the announcement it was found that neither Roberts nor Marsh had gained 50% of the vote (which is required).

Evelyn Smith, the vice president of the Hoboken NAACP, came in last with only 289 votes. However, Smith wasn't upset with her defeat, saying "It was pretty much what I expected."

Independent Scott Delea also knew from the very start that his chances of winning were small. The Hoboken Reporter Volume 22 Number 37 said the following about Delea: "[Delea] received an extremely strong showing for a political newcomer. Internet marketing executive Scott Delea obtained [1,336] votes. That total means that about 13 percent of all voters pushed the lever for Delea. With little budget but a strong work ethic, Delea was able to beat out the entire slates of Smith and Russo, which is no small feat." In an advertisement in the Hoboken Reporter Volume 22 Number 36, Scott Delea said the following: "When you vote for a political team, you're voting for people pledged to represent a mayoral candidate's interests. When you vote for an independent, such as myself, you're electing a Council voice that represents your interests." However, despite his attempt, Delea was unable to win.

See the bottom of the page for photos of all the candidates.


Candidate Office running for Running with (in team) Won or lost Votes given
David Roberts Mayor of Hoboken (re-election) Ruben Ramos Jr., Theresa LaBruno, Peter Cammarano Won May 10: 3,803; June 14 Runoff: 5,761
Carol Marsh Mayor of Hoboken Inés García-Keim, Anthony Soares, Brian Urbano Lost in runoff May 10: 2,976; June 14 Runoff: 4,239
Frank "Pupie" Raia Mayor of Hoboken Theresa Burns, Anthony Mussara, Ron Rosenberg Lost 2,004
Michael Russo Mayor of Hoboken Genevy Dimitrion, Manny Ortega, Brian Keller Lost 1,259
Evelyn Smith Mayor of Hoboken Carrie Gilliard, Diane Nieves, Elizabeth Falco Lost 289
Ruben Ramos Jr. Hoboken City Council David Roberts, Theresa LaBruno, Peter Cammarano Won May 10: 3,527; June 14 Runoff: 5,344
Theresa LaBruno Hoboken City Council David Roberts, Ruben Ramos Jr., Peter Cammarano Won May 10: 3,182; June 14 Runoff: 5,067
Peter Cammarano Hoboken City Council David Roberts, Ruben Ramos Jr., Theresa LaBruno Won May 10: 2,785; June 14 Runoff: 4,982
Inés García-Keim Hoboken City Council Carol Marsh, Anthony Soares, Brian Urbano Lost in runoff May 10: 2,492; June 14 Runoff: 3,949
Anthony Soares Hoboken City Council Carol Marsh, Inés García-Keim, Brian Urbano Lost in runoff May 10: 2,838; June 14 Runoff: 4,074
Brian Urbano Hoboken City Council Carol Marsh, Inés García-Keim, Anthony Soares Lost in runoff May 10: 2,287; June 14 Runoff: 3,863
Theresa Burns Hoboken City Council Frank "Pupie" Raia, Anthony Mussara, Ron Rosenberg Lost 1,701
Anthony Mussara Hoboken City Council Frank "Pupie" Raia Lost 1,628
Ron Rosenberg Hoboken City Council Frank "Pupie" Raia, Theresa Burns, Anthony Mussara, Lost 1,590
Genevy Dimitrion Hoboken City Council Michael Russo, Manny Ortega, Brian Keller Lost 640
Manny Ortega Hoboken City Council Michael Russo, Genevy Dimitrion, Brian Keller Lost 760
Brian Keller Hoboken City Council Michael Russo, Genevy Dimitrion, Manny Ortega Lost 666
Carrie Gilliard Hoboken City Council Evelyn Smith, Diane Nieves, Elizabeth Falco Lost 301
Diane Nieves Hoboken City Council Evelyn Smith, Carrie Gilliard, Elizabeth Falco Lost 320
Elizabeth Falco Hoboken City Council Evelyn Smith, Carrie Gilliard, Diane Nieves Lost 516
Andrew Amato (independent) Hoboken City Council None Lost 566
Scott Delea (independent) Hoboken City Council None Lost 1,336


Campaign Slogans[edit]

  • Mayor David Roberts - "Roberts Team 2005", "Serving our community"
  • Carol Marsh - "Team Hoboken", "Join us to build a better Hoboken"
  • Frank "Pupie" Raia - "More parking. More parks. New Leaders", "Shake Up City Hall"
  • Michael Russo - "I Like Mike", "Building a Brighter Future for Hoboken", "Courage, Character, Leadership"
  • Evelyn Smith - "Unbought and Unbossed"
  • Independent Andrew Amato - "Better Management"
  • Independent Scott Delea - "Positive Leadership for Hoboken"

Election facts[edit]

  • By July 1, 2005, 8 of 9 Hoboken councilmembers will be in support of Roberts
  • Senator Bernard Kenny, County Executive Thomas DeGise, Freeholders Maurice Fitzgibbons and Silverio Vega and Weehawken mayor Richard Turner supported Roberts
  • After losing in the May 10 election, mayoral candidates Frank "Pupie" Raia and Michael Russo endorsed Roberts, which means that most of the people who voted for Raia or Russo voted for Roberts on June 14
  • Roberts was seen as the "Old Hoboken" candidate, and Marsh was seen as the reformer
  • The Hudson County Democratic Organization gave the Roberts' organizations $277,000 (in 2005)
  • The Election fund of senator Kennedy gave the Roberts team $56,800
  • The Roberts team raised $913,452
  • The Marsh team raised $172,604
  • For the Roberts team, $200 was raised per voter. For the Marsh team, $43 was raised per voter.

The ballot numbers (May 10)[edit]

  • Evelyn Smith: 1A
  • Michael Russo: 3A
  • David Roberts: 5A
  • Carol Marsh: 7A
  • Frank "Pupie" Raia: 9A
Raia's team:
  • Theresa Burns: 1B
  • Anthony Mussara: 2B
  • Ron Rosenberg: 3B
Marsh's team:
  • Inés García-Keim: 5B
  • Tony Soares: 6B
  • Brian Urbano: 7B
Roberts' team:
  • Ruben Ramos, Jr.: 9B
  • Terry LaBruno: 10B
  • Peter Cammarano: 11B
Russo's team:
  • Genevy Dimitrion: 19B
  • Manny Ortega: 20B
  • Brian Keller: 21B
Smith's team:
  • Carrie Gilliard: 13B
  • Diane Nieves: 14B
  • Elizabeth Falco: 15B
Independents:
  • Andrew Amato: 17B
  • Scott Delea: 23B

Sources[edit]

The Hoboken Reporter, Volume 22, Number 35