FilAm candidate is endorsed by One Jersey City; gears up for run-off election June 9

by Kobakila News

JERSEY CITY (June 3) — Facing a run-off election on June 9, Rolando R. Lavarro,Jr., a Filipino American Ward A candidate for a Jersey City Council seat, received an endorsement from Dan Levin and the 2009 One Jersey City team of council candidates composed of Andrew Hubsch, Emilio DeLia, Norrice Raymaker, and Doug Salters.

In endorsing Lavarro, Levin, the mayoral candidate who had vigrously campaigned for a One Jersey City vision, said:  “We are very pleased to support Rolando’s candidacy in the Ward A run-off election.  He is committed to reform measures, including requiring developers to disclose campaign contributions; implementing a formal and open process for citizens to apply for positions on municipal boards, commissions and authorities; and activating the non-functioning Environmental Commission.  He will bring his extensive experience in community service to real and meaningful government-community partnerships.  Government should work for the people, and Rolando Lavarro’s election will help insure it does.”

Lavarro, who pulled a strong show of support from voters during the regular election, acknowledged Levin’s and One Jersey City council candidates’ endorsement.  He was thrilled to have their support and said: “I share their commitment to a more accountable and responsive local government.  One Jersey City understands, and so do the residents of Greenville, that my candidacy is about giving power and voice back to ordinary people.  My promise to Greenville is to be the most accountable, available, and responsive councilman in the history of Jersey City.”

Lavarro faces incumbent councilman Michael Sottolano.  Runoffs are held when no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote.  In the elections held on May 12, Sottolano received 2,094 votes (39.83 percent) in a four-person race.  Lavarro finished with 1,281 votes, or 24.37 percent of the vote in Ward A.

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