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2017 Hoboken mayoral election

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Hoboken mayoral election, 2017

← 2013 November 7, 2017 2021 →
Candidate Ravinder Bhalla Michael DeFusco
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 5,041 4,557
Percentage 32.75% 29.60%

Candidate Anthony Romano Jen Giattino
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 2,804 2,537
Percentage 18.21% 16.48%

Mayor before election

Dawn Zimmer

Elected Mayor

Ravinder Bhalla

The Hoboken Mayoral Election of 2017 was an election to determine who will hold the office of Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey in the upcoming term of 2018–2022. The election took place on November 7, 2017. Incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced that she would not run for a third term on June 20, 2017, hoping to pursue climate change issues higher up in the chain of government, and endorsed City Councilman Ravinder Bhalla.[2] On November 7, Bhalla was elected mayor of Hoboken, with 32.75% of the vote, becoming the first Sikh mayor in New Jersey history,[3] and the first turbaned Sikh to be elected mayor in the United States.[4]


Six candidates in total ran in the election:[5]


  • Ronald Bautista, safer streets activist[6]
  • Ravinder Bhalla, City Councilman, At-large[7]
  • Michael DeFusco, City Councilman, 1st Ward[8]
  • Jen Giattino, City Council President, 6th Ward[9]
  • Karen Nason, restaurateur[10]
  • Anthony Romano, Hudson County Freeholder[11]


Hoboken mayoral election, 2017[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Ravi Bhalla 5,041 32.75
Nonpartisan Michael DeFusco 4,557 29.60
Nonpartisan Anthony L. Romano 2,804 18.21
Nonpartisan Jen Giattino 2,537 16.48
Nonpartisan Karen Nason 237 1.54
Nonpartisan Ronald Bautista 211 1.37
Write-in Personal Choice 7 0.05
Total votes 15,394 100.00


  1. ^ a b "Hudson County General Election 2017, Statement of Vote, November 7, 2017" (PDF). Hudson County Clerk's Office. November 16, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Heinis, John (June 20, 2017). "Zimmer confirms she won't seek re-election, endorses Bhalla for Hoboken mayor". Hudson County View. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  3. ^ McDonald, Corey (November 7, 2017). "Ravi Bhalla wins Hoboken election, becomes N.J.'s first Sikh mayor". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Otterman, Sharon (2017-11-08). "In a City of Firsts, Hoboken Elects a Sikh as Mayor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  5. ^ "Hoboken Mayoral Race 2017: Candidates on Infrastructure + State Politics".
  6. ^ Heinis, John (August 23, 2017). "Hoboken activist Ronald Bautista files 427 petitions for mayoral run". Hudson County View. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  7. ^ Tran, Claire (July 19, 2017). "New Jersey's First Sikh Elected Official Looks to 'Uplift' Community in Mayoral Bid". NBC News. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  8. ^ Kiefer, Eric (May 22, 2017). "Hoboken's Mike DeFusco Launches Campaign For Mayor (VIDEO)". Patch. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  9. ^ Kiefer, Eric (June 28, 2017). "Hoboken Mayor Election: Jen Giattino Officially Throws Hat Into Race". Patch. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  10. ^ Strunsky, Steve (September 18, 2017). "Restaurateur lands top spot on Hoboken mayoral ballot". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Strunsky, Steve (June 26, 2017). "Freeholder Anthony Romano to run for mayor of Hoboken". Retrieved October 31, 2017.

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