PERTH AMBOY – The field of challengers for Mayor Wilda Diaz’s job shrank by one after Jose Cameron’s candidacy was disqualified, according to a report by the Asbury Park Press.
Cameron, a former municipal court judge, failed to obtain enough valid signatures on his nominating petition.
Three council candidates were also disqualified: Cameron’s running mate Angel Leon and former Councilman David Szilagyi and Damaris Ramirez, who were aligned with mayoral candidate Robert McCoy.
Diaz is seeking re-election on a slate with council candidate Lisa Nanton and Fernando Irizarry.
Many expect her chief rival to be Billy Delgado, an attorney who had previously sought the mayor’s office in 2004. He is running with council candidates Jose Santos, a local school vice principal, and Ana Maria Mascenik, an Obama delegate attending the Democratic National Convention.
Also seeking the mayor’s office are Tea Party activist Sharon Hubberman; Frank Salado, a former Carteret resident who recently moved to Perth Amboy; city sanitation worker Miguel Morales; and former Urban Enterprise Zone director Robert McCoy, who ran an unsuccessful council campaign two years ago.
James Aleck is running for council independent of any mayoral candidate.
This is the first time that voters will elect municipal candidates in November. Previously, the nonpartisan elections had been conducted in May, but the governing body voted to switch their election dates to November as a cost-saving measure.