|Frank Raia, candidate Karen Nason and musician Jonathan Edwards|
In spite of one non-candidate who's been sucking up the oxygen lately, there are real candidates for Hoboken mayor!
Three, in fact: incumbent Dawn Zimmer, Ronald Bautista and Karen Nason.
On Monday, April 17, Zimmer held a fundraiser at Porter Collins, followed 2 days later by Karen Nason's fundraiser at House of 'Que!
While Zimmer's featured a political celebrity guest (Phil Murphy), Nason's featured a musical celebrity guest: 70's folk icon Jonathan Edwards (of "Sunshine" fame) who entertained the house with great acoustic guitar music.
Nason packed the house:
GA saw a lot of new faces, members of Hoboken's business community, local politicos. It appears that former Councilwoman Theresa Castellano and former NHSA Commissioner Frank Raia are firmly in Nason's camp; both stayed for the whole event.
Not present: Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano.
FYI: the 'rumor' that Nason was "put up by Stick" is all wrong. She has other political backers.
In her speech, Nason named her three top platform issues: (1) helping the small business community (2) improving the city's infrastructure and (3) limiting bonding. GA recorded her speech (below).
My casual observation is that Nason's message will appeal to anti-Zimmer and/or OG folks, the small business community, and her bohemian/ artist persona will grab some millennials. Hmmm... sounds like Mike DeFusco's constituency.
In fact, by the time Mike DeFusco gets into the race, she'll have poached his entire vote. Remember The Tortoise and the Hare?
Once upon a time there was a hare [Mike DeFusco] who, boasting how he could run faster [and raise more $$$] than anyone else, was forever teasing tortoise [Get out of the race, Karen! You can't win!] for its slowness.”SAD. Slow and steady wins it every time.
Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted the challenge [Bring it on]...
... At that very point, the hare woke with a jolt [on Memorial Day weekend]. He could see the tortoise a speck in the distance and away he dashed. He leapt and bounded at a great rate, his tongue lolling, and gasping for breath. Just a little more and he’d be first at the finish. But the hare’s last leap was just too late, for the tortoise had beaten him to the winning post. Poor hare! Tired and in disgrace, he slumped down beside the tortoise who was silently smiling at him.
Go back to sleep, Mike!
Here's what candidate Nason wants you to know:
"I am working on 2nd event in May. Will include music, professional skateboarder's, artists and I will disclose the place as we get closer, but it will be a Cirque du Soleil style event! I am also working on two events that will include Women in Business for Hudson County, and I am hosting the Chamber of Commerce new members meeting this Friday at "Hothouse," April 28th for new member's 9-10:30 am breakfast at 200 Monroe Street 2nd and Monroe. I will not be able to attend as my son is graduating college Suma Cum Laude for Journalism and I will be there this weekend. Folks can go on Nasonformayor.com for updates, etc. The website is a work in progress with more coming with the website. My slogan is "Service over Ambition" "People over Politics". You will hear this a lot from me. Grassroots is the way I will run my campaign."GA recorded her speech, followed by a duet of "Sunshine"with Jonathan Edwards.
All in all, Nason raised $6,684 that night, ka-ching!