Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis has announced that Loyad Booker, an award-winning Gulf War veteran, will join his list as a candidate for the council.
If Booker wins the non-partisan municipal election in May 2022, he will be the first black man to serve on Bayon City Council in the 159 years that have passed since President Abraham Lincoln issued the Proclamation of Liberation.
Just three months ago, voters elected as their first black MP from Bayonne William B. Sampson IV, a crane operator and member of the International Loaders Association (ILA).
Davis is vying for his third term under incumbent Juan Perez (at large), Neil Carroll (first chamber) and Gary La Peluza (third chamber). He was also joined by Jacqueline Weimer, the head of the bank, who joined the ticket after Davis ousted incumbent President Salvatore Goulas.
He will face Council President Sharon Ash-Nadrowski and former school board member Michael Alonso.
Ashe-Nadrovsky, who will become the first woman mayor of the city, is still forming her ticket to the council. There are speculations that school council trustee Jodi Kasais will seek a seat on the council from Ashe-Nadrowski.
Booker recently retired after a 25-year career at the Bayonne Police Department, where Davis was captain before joining local politics as a mayoral candidate in 2018.
“Loyad Booker has already established himself as a dedicated and dedicated civil servant, and I am proud to be with him on my Council list,” Davis said. “Booker knows what it will take to keep our city safe and to prefer the well-being of our most vulnerable residents, such as the elderly, children and others who need our help.”
Perez, a former Hudson County sheriff, became the first Latin American to win a seat on the Bayonne Council in 2010.