Michael “Billy” Bisogno announced this week that he is officially seeking a seat on the Ward E City Council in Jersey City in November. Bisogno, a 35-year-old broadcaster who has appeared on PBS, CNN, HLN and Showbiz Tonight, is also a board member for the Hudson Pride Connections Center and for the Jersey City Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He is also the co-founder of the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival and the co-chair of the Jersey City Pride festival.
“I will continue to work for the expansion of business and promotion of diversity while preserving our heritage, and will work hard to earn the people’s support in November,” Bisogno said in a statement.
He is well-known in the community, especially for organizing rallies like one he set up in January against Donald Trump’s immigration order and a February event where he spoke out against Trump revoking transgender bathroom rules. Working under the slogan “Together We Rise,” Bisogno challenges incumbent Candice Osborne and would be the first openly gay official elected to the council.