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The Full Scoop On The Hoboken Local Government {In-Person} Debates’ Dates + Times

by Jennifer Tripucka
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“A debate has one purpose, one purpose only, and that is to facilitate the exchange of ideas directly between two candidates, and that’s it.” Clearly Jim Lehrer {longtime Presidential debate moderator} wasn’t talking about Hoboken, where we have SIX mayoral candidates, 14 city council candidates, and 9 board of education candidates.

In our next piece in the Hoboken Girl political series, we wanted to bring you all the info you need to know about the upcoming debates. These debates are the best place to get to know your local candidates, understand their positions on the issues, and inform your choice when you go to the ballot box on November 7th. {Still need to register to vote? Check out our post on all things voter registration here.}

There are four local debates: Two for City Council, one for Board of Education, and one for Mayor. These debates are open to the public — meaning you can go! {Shout out to our friends at The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition for hosting these Candidate Forums.}

There are also two debates for NJ Governor. Information on dates, times, and how to watch {in person, online, or on TV} is below.


Dates and Times

City Council:

The 14 City Council at Large candidates have been randomly sorted* {see details below} into two groups of seven to meet in two forums.

Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7PM at Mile Square Theater, 1400 Clinton St. {Candidates: Hammond, Einstein, Flett, Falco, Impastato, Mello, and Valente}

Monday, Oct. 16, at 7PM at the Hoboken Multiservice Center, 124 Grand St. {Candidates: Matthews, Starace, Aibel, Ellis, Jabbour, Allen, and Doyle}

Board of Education:

Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7PM at the School Hall of the Church of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, at 422 Willow Ave.


Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7PM at Stevens Institute of Technology’s DeBaun Auditorium, co-hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology and its Student Government Association. Get to know your local candidatea in our previous post here.

About the Local Debates

Each forum begins at 7PM and lasts about two hours, with a brief intermission.

This year’s candidates forums will follow the established format that the Hoboken QLC has maintained for over a decade, with questions submitted on index cards by members of the audience and posed to each of the candidates in turn by moderator Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken.

Each candidate will have a minute and a half to respond, and the order of response will be randomized each round. John Heinis, Chief News Correspondent at HudsonCountyView.com, will moderate the Board of Education forum October 19th.

About the QLC

The Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition {QLC} is an all-volunteer organization concerned about the air, earth and water, the density of development, the need for open space, the lack of parking, the flooding, and the host of difficulties that militate against a good and healthy living environment in this densely populated urban city.

Since 2000, they have been actively advocating for these causes. The QLC was designated as a 501c3 organization by the IRS in 2000, and all contributions to the QLC are tax deductible. The QLC is grateful for the support of Mile Square Theatre, the City of Hoboken’s Multiservice Center, the Parish of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, and Stevens Institute of Technology and its Student Government Association, along with many volunteers who will help to run these events.


Governor and Lt. Governor Debate

Debate 1: Governor

Tuesday October 10, 2017 at 7PM at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark

Candidates: Republican Kimberly Guadagno and Democrat Phil Murphy

Where to Watch: WABC-TV

The center is partnering with WABC-TV in New York, WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Univision in New York and Philadelphia, NJ Advance Media, NJBIZ, NJ Spotlight, El Diario, Rutgers University, League of Women Voters NJ, Lead NJ, and National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Debate 2: Lieutenant Governor

Monday October 16, 2017 at 8PM at Montclair State University, Montclair

Candidates: Republican Carlos Rendo and Democrat Sheila Oliver

Where to Watch: NJTV, C-SPAN

The event will be held at the 200-seat Presentation Hall in the School of Communication and Media building on the campus of Montclair State University in Montclair. Montclair State University is sponsoring the debate along with NJTV, WNET and C-SPAN.

Debate 3: Governor

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7PM at William Paterson University, Wayne

Candidates: Republican Kimberly Guadagno and Democrat Phil Murphy

Where to Watch: WCBS

William Paterson’s partners include WCBS-TV in New York, WKYW-TV in Philadelphia, The Record and other Gannett New Jersey newspapers.


Have questions about our election series or the Hoboken Local Government Debates? Please email hello@hobokengirl.com.

Register to vote for the local Hoboken and NJ elections here.

See introductions to all 6 candidates for Hoboken Mayor here.

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