Dear Neighbors,

Hear me out for just a moment – I’d like to share with you why I am supporting Ravi Bhalla for mayor.

Like many of you, I was shocked and disappointed by the outcome of last November’s presidential election.  I cried, I argued with people on Facebook, I drank more than my fair share of cocktails, and then I finally decided to get out of my pajamas and get involved. That’s why I ran, and was ultimately elected to serve as a representative to the Hoboken Democratic Committee.

I was born and raised right here in the Second Ward, where I continue to live with my husband and son.  I’m lucky to count many of Hoboken’s past and current public servants as personal friends. They all share a commitment to the town I love, which is to be applauded. As citizens of this city, we are blessed to have such a variety of strong and eager voices championing our cherished hometown.

However, after careful consideration, I can tell you that there is only one candidate for mayor who shares a commitment to the liberal, progressive values that I hold sacred, and that is Ravi Bhalla. I am confident that I can count on Ravi Bhalla’s administration to give meticulous scrutiny and fair debate to the issues of civil rights, climate change, and immigration when legislation is threatened at the national level.

Ravi is the dad of two school-age children, so it’s clear to see that his commitment to education and the strengthening of Hoboken’s early childhood programming is rock solid.  What is nearly as impressive to me is that Ravi wants to take on the juggernaut of torture that is Hoboken’s mass transit system.

Listen, I take the Hop locally ten blocks to work every day, no sweat.  But for those of you who take the 126, PATH, or ferry into the city, it’s time to take notice. Most days it seems like it would be quicker to swim across the Hudson. Ravi wants to work with state and federal officials to make your commute less hellacious, and that’s something to get excited about.

I’ve met with Ravi several times now during this election cycle, and I am impressed with his honesty, thoughtfulness, and careful attention to detail. I mean, the guy attended the London School of Economics, so clearly he can balance a budget. But I was born at St. Mary’s Hospital on Third & Willow and as is somewhat typical of native Hobobokenites, I’m a little skeptical of outsiders. How can they love and care for my Hoboken as I do?

But Ravi does care for Hoboken. He cares deeply about the kids and the senior citizens and all of us in between. On Tuesday, November 7, please join me in helping to elect Ravi Bhalla the next mayor of Hoboken, along with his stellar slate of council candidates, Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour, and John Allen.


Nora Martinez DeBenedetto