Sikh Councilman Running for Mayor in Hoboken

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer endorsed Councilman Ravinder Bhalla for mayor on June 20. “I’m proud to endorse @RaviBhalla for Mayor of Hoboken. He will continue the progress of our reform team & keep Hoboken moving forward” she said on Twitter. (Photo from Mayor Zimmer’s Twitter page)

Back in April, Ravinder Bhalla was campaigning for a third term on the Hoboken City Council. Two months later, he’s running to be mayor.

On June 20, he kicked off his bid for the mayoral seat on the day Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s announced she would not seek a third term. In her address, the mayor endorsed Bhalla, who stood beside her at the press conference.

[Editor’s note: As of June 20, City Councilman Michael DeFusco and businesswoman Karen Nason are also running in the non-partisan race for mayor, according to NJ.com.]

In reporting on Bhalla’s run for mayor, News India Times’ Ela Dutt noted that he is the only Indian-American Sikh elected to public office in Hoboken.

In an interview with Dutt in April, the council member spoke of “his leadership in achieving a ‘historic’ turnaround of the Hoboken economy” and making Hoboken more resilient against flooding after Hurricane Sandy. He also addressed being a Sikh in Hoboken and the U.S.

Go to News India Times for more on Bhalla’s run for the mayoral seat and his interview with the publication in April.

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