• Hoboken Election Results 2017: Ravi Bhalla Wins Mayoral Race

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    It’s been a long election season, and we can finally say that even if you don’t like the outcome of the election, be happy to know that your mailboxes, social media, streets, windows, and email inboxes will return to normal soon {we hope}. The new Hoboken mayor has been decided tonight, and it appears to be Ravi Bhalla. We’ve been refreshing our browsers constantly to keep you updated.

    Update as of 11/7 at 10:53PM:

    The Hudson County Clerk’s office has reported that Ravi Bhalla won the election with 34.6% of the vote.

    Update as of 11/7 at 10:24PM:

    Other sources including NJ.com are reporting Ravi Bhalla’s winning of the mayoral race in Hoboken. He will be the first Sikh mayor in the state of New Jersey.

    Update as of 11/7 at 10:15PM:

    Ravi Bhalla’s campaign has shared with HobokenGirl.com that he is projected winner of the Hoboken mayoral race. Other sites reporting it is too soon to call, but he appears to be the projected winner, according to several sites including Hudson Reporter.

    Update as of 11/7 at 10:08PM:

    It has also been reported that Anthony Romano conceded at his gathering downtown, saying that Ravi Bhalla or Mike DeFusco would be the new Mayor of Hoboken.

    Update as of 11/7 at 9:57PM:

    Preliminary, unconfirmed reports on NJ.com are saying it’s “down to the wire” between Ravi Bhalla and Mike DeFusco. They’re also noting that the winner may not be decided tonight because of the VBM {votes by mail}.




    For a live look at the election results across New Jersey, you can look at the NYTimes NJ Election coverage or online at Hudson County clerk’s office here {OR keep refreshing this page as we’ll be sharing updates as we know them}.

    In governor news, Phil Murphy appears to have won the New Jersey gubernatorial race, as reported on NJ.com and several other media outlets. The 60-year-old former Goldman Sachs exec will be the first Democrat in office since 2009. The other governor’s race in Virginia was also won by Democrat Ralph Northam, many news outlets are reporting.

    As far as the City Council Hoboken winners, the results:

    • Emily Jabbour (City Council)
    • James Doyle (City Council)
    • Vanessa Falco (City Council)

    For Board of Education winners, the results:

    • Melanie Tekirian
    • Sharyn Angley
    • Chetali Khanna

    Steven Fulop is also the reported winner of the Jersey City mayoral election according to the Hudson County Clerk’s office.

    This election season brought six candidates to the mayoral race, 14 candidates to the city council race, and 7 board of education candidates. But regardless of who won, it’s pretty clear: Politics is quite divisive, even on local levels.

    We’re looking forward to a less politically-charged rest of the holiday season, and oh yeah — less mail. Kudos to all who used our election series to stay informed and make an educated choice about who will lead Hoboken into the future.

    xo The HG Team


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.