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Ward F Frank Gilmore: The Anti-Establishment Torchbearer Jersey City Needs?



Frank Gilmore, the charismatic Ward F councilman, is being touted as a potential game-changer in the upcoming Jersey City mayoral race by his allies.

With the field already crowded, Gilmore’s emergence as the anti-establishment candidate could be a rallying cry for disenchanted citizens yearning for change.

With potential support from Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and a cadre of experienced statewide operatives, Gilmore’s campaign could turn the tables in Jersey City’s political arena with robust voter outreach and grassroots mobilization.

Gilmore has grown from a watchful city council member to arguably the most influential African American political leader. His ability to connect with residents on a personal level and address their concerns head-on has endeared him to many. His evolution is evident in his confident strides and articulate advocacy for the community.

A Gilmore ally stated:

“If Frank decides to run for mayor, it will be more than a political move; it will be a statement of empowerment for Jersey City’s underserved and overlooked populations.”

In a crowded field of candidates, Gilmore’s primary objective must be to dominate Ward F’s voter outreach. Winning 70% of the voting base here is crucial. This area, rich in cultural heritage but also burdened with socio-economic challenges, is where Gilmore’s message of change and representation will resonate the loudest. Mobilizing Ward F could be the keystone to a successful campaign.

Challenges of Gentrification

One of the most pressing issues in Jersey City is gentrification. Longtime residents are being priced out, their communities transformed by rising rents and new developments. Gilmore has been vocal about protecting the rights of these residents, ensuring they have a voice in the city’s future. His platform will likely include initiatives to safeguard affordable housing, support small businesses, and preserve the cultural fabric of neighborhoods under threat. The community may see Gilmore as a champion against the tide of gentrification, trusting him to prioritize their needs over corporate interests.

Funding a Citywide Campaign

However, Gilmore faces significant challenges. As a one-term councilman, some might view his mayoral run as premature. His lack of extensive political experience could be a hurdle in gaining widespread support.

Moreover, funding a citywide campaign requires substantial resources. Competing against well-funded, establishment-backed candidates will necessitate a strong grassroots fundraising effort. Let’s face it: minority voters would be Gilmore’s base, and the community is not known to spend money on political donations.

Gilmore’s team will need to harness the power of small community donations and volunteer efforts to build a formidable campaign.

Building a Progressive Slate

Gilmore’s potential run also brings up the question of whether he can build a city council slate that aligns with his progressive vision. A successful mayoral bid would benefit from a cohesive team of council candidates who share his goals for a more equitable Jersey City. This slate would need to be diverse, experienced, and dedicated to pushing forward a progressive agenda that addresses housing, education, public safety, and economic opportunity for all residents.

Yes, Frank Gilmore’s mayoral candidacy could energize a base of disillusioned voters and bring new energy to Jersey City’s Southside.

The road ahead is fraught with challenges, including issues of funding and experience, but Gilmore’s ability to connect with and mobilize the community could make all the difference.

His run could indeed be premature in the eyes of some, but with the right strategy and support, it could also be the start of a new chapter for Jersey City. The decision now rests with Gilmore if he announces and the residents who believe in his style of leadership.

Political Tidbits of The Week:

Hudson County Democratic Organization’s refusal to support Hudson County Commissioner Jerry Walker’s bid for Congress, and their decision to remain neutral, will be explored next week.

Let’s just say plantation politics are still happening in Hudson County.

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.