The 14-person at-large city council race saw $188,299 in campaign spending, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Nelly Celi tried unsuccessfully to get on the ballot. She submitted the needed signatures, but had too many invalid petitions. She was undeterred and ventured on running a write-in campaign to try her luck at winning one of the three available at-large council seats.
Davon Roberts, 33, grew up on Hamilton Avenue. He can be easily described as one of the kids to make it out of the rough 4th Ward. Except, he never left the city. He still lives on Hamilton Avenue.
Councilwoman Maritza Davila vowed to continue making “tough decisions” on behalf of residents if re-elected on Election Day next week. Her recent tough decision was supporting a budget in late March that had a 2.6-percent tax increase.
The six men vying for mayor and the 14 candidates running for three available at-large seats debated at City Hall last week.
Community activist Casey Melvin became somewhat of a local celebrity earlier in the year for taking a stand for the little guy. He demanded the municipal government offer vacant and abandoned properties, which are quickly gobbled up by big money developers, to residents.
The nine-person city council has failed to advocate for city residents, according to Fatima Bell. She is running for one of three available at-large council seats to change that, she said.