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Richardson & Brady-Phillips: Game-Changing Candidates in Hague City



In the realm of Jersey City politics, where power is always dominated by familiar faces and established names, it’s time to shift the conversation toward competence and merit.

Michelle Richardson and Vivian Brady-Phillips emerge as two formidable figures, not because of their popularity, but due to their extensive professional accomplishments and their ability to rise above the Hague County political squabbles.

Michelle Richardson (left) and Vivian Brady-Phillips (right)

Michelle Richardson, currently serving as the Port Authority Commissioner and Executive Director of the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation, brings a wealth of experience in economic development and public administration. Her tenure in these roles has been marked by tangible progress and innovative initiatives aimed at driving growth and prosperity in Hudson County and New Jersey.

Meanwhile, Vivian Brady-Phillips, with her background as the former Deputy Mayor and Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority, now spearheads strategic initiatives for urban transformation at the World Economic Forum. Her track record of leadership and visionary thinking positions her as a force capable of effecting meaningful change in the community.

Yet, it’s noteworthy that neither Richardson nor Brady-Phillips have expressed any overt interest in elected politics. However, their leadership qualities and professional achievements underscore the need for a more diverse and qualified pool of candidates to contest for executive public office positions in Jersey City and beyond.

Despite the abundance of talented women professionals in Jersey City and Hudson County, there remains a glaring lack of female candidates vying for executive public office positions. This gender disparity is not just a statistical anomaly but a symptom of deeper systemic issues plaguing our political landscape.

Women’s groups must take the initiative to identify and empower potential female candidates, recognizing that diversity in leadership is not just desirable but essential for representative governance. The absence of women in the mayoral race and other key positions reflects a missed opportunity to harness untapped talent and perspectives.

In a county where entrenched networks and established power structures often dictate the trajectory of political careers, the only declared woman running for mayor, Jersey City Council President Joyce Watterman’s candidacy, faces significant hurdles. Despite her years of service and experience, fundraising and garnering endorsements prove to be uphill battles, particularly when navigating the complexities of intra-party alliances.

The underrepresentation of women in Jersey City & Hudson County politics is not merely a reflection of individual choices but a consequence of entrenched sexism and systemic barriers that persist in our political institutions. To truly challenge the status quo and foster a more inclusive political culture, more women must be encouraged to step forward and seize the opportunity to lead.

While the Hudson County Democratic Organization has been swift to promote nepotism and perpetuate existing power structures, it has regrettably failed to provide adequate support and encouragement to local women leaders aspiring to leadership roles. The absence of women at the decision-making table speaks volumes about the persistent gender biases and inequalities that pervade our local political arena.

In the dreamy realm of possibility, envisioning a political world where women candidates like Richardson and Brady-Phillips ascend to positions of prominence feels tantalizingly within reach. However, as the dream fades and reality sets in, it becomes painfully apparent that the path to gender parity in politics is fraught with obstacles and entrenched biases that cannot be overcome overnight.

A call to action remains clear: women must continue to defy expectations, challenge conventions, and demand a seat at the table of political power. Only then can we truly realize the transformative potential of inclusive and representative governance in Hague’s world.

The Chronicler In Chief’s Tidbits:

Retirement Transition: After retiring from JC Municipal Government this past week, Maryanne Kelleher’s political connections hint at a potential move to County Government. Speculation swirls around a possible upgrade at the Board of Elections.

Menendez Gains Momentum: Congressman Rob Menendez sees a surge in support as Brian Stack’s GOTV operation and US Senator Cory Booker back his candidacy. Mayor Bhalla may find himself losing ground in the race.

Condolences to the Rivera Family: The Jersey City community came together to honor the patriarch of the Rivera Family, father to Councilman Dan Rivera. Amidst dignitaries and constituents, condolences pour in for the Rivera Family during this difficult time.

Senator Muhkerji’s Academic Pursuit: State Senator Raj Muhkerji, already an accomplished figure, awaits his final grades from Princeton University, adding another impressive chapter to his resume. From Marine to entrepreneur, Muhkerji’s academic ambition is evident with his sporting of a Princeton baseball cap.

Where is Tom Bertoli?

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column are solely those of Bruce (The Chronicler in Chief) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of HudPost or its editorial staff.