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Big task ahead for Filipinos in Jersey City

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Earlier this week, Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr., son of Filipino immigrants, summoned the leaders and members of various Filipino groups in his city, and candidly discussed with them his political plans for the next mayoral election in early 2017.


“I’m in,” Lavarro told his supporters humbly but confidently Monday (Sept. 28) night.

Meaning, he had made it known openly that he was one of four or five persons who are aspiring to become the next mayor of Jersey City. That is, assuming the popular Mayor Steve Fulop runs for a higher position in the State government of New Jersey,

It is a known fact in political circles in this city that the 38-year-old Mr. Fulop is bent on running for governor of the State. The question left is when he will make the announcement?

In that event, it is most likely, Lavarro will be in the mayoral race.

Filipinos in Jersey City are excited and enthusiastic about the prospect of having a Filipino as chief executive, where around 20,000 of them live or reside.

At the same time, they are also aware of the big task ahead in order to attain victory.    

Political observers here agree that a united Filipino vote could make a candidate win or lose.

It had been shown in previous elections.

Will the 45th mayor of Jersey City be a Filipino?   

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