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JERSEY CITY, NJ – Councilman-At-Large Rolando Lavarro’s historic journey in Jersey City politics concluded in victory as the city’s first Filipino American councilman was re-elected for four more years and grabbed one of three contested At-Large seats in the June 11 runoff election. 



“Maraming salamat!  I can’t thank everyone enough and there are too many people to thank,” said Lavarro in a prepared statement.  “The Filipino American community rose up to the challenge in so many ways and the will of the people prevailed.  I am ecstatic of the outcome and look forward to serving the public in the next four years.  Regardless of who voted or supported me during this election, I will work hard to earn the trust that you bestowed on me.” 


“My goal since the beginning of this journey is to renew Jersey City’s promise,” said Lavarro invoking his campaign slogan from when he first ran for council in 2009.  “Now, I can continue to work on delivering a vision of Jersey City as the best mid-sized city in the nation.” 


After his valiant but unsuccessful effort in 2009 for a Ward A council seat that also went into a runoff, Lavarro made history in November 2011 when he vied for one of two open Council-At-Large seats that became vacant as a result of corruption in City Hall. 


Lavarro was one of the first Council candidates announced by the now Mayor-Elect Steven Fulop to be part of his slate.  Even then as an incumbent, Lavarro’s At-Large position was considered as most vulnerable by political prognosticators, given the traditional election dynamics that often broke down by demographics. 


“This is a victory for our community,” said Lavarro.  “We need to continue to be visible and engaged in our social and civic duties, whether by voting in elections, participating in neighborhood groups, volunteering to be part of local boards and commissions.  This is just the beginning and I urge everyone to continue doing the work that is needed to empower our community.”


With his team of council candidates winning six of eight runoff elections, Jersey City Mayor-elect Steve Fulop solidified his control over the City Council. His three at-large candidates and council hopefuls in Wards A, B and F won decisive victories.


Lat May 14, Steve Fulop won the mayoralty race over Mayor Jerramiah Healy, as did Ward E Councilwoman-elect Candice Osborne.


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