Jake Hudnut files to be the first elected Jersey City LGBTQ City Councilman

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Jake Hudnut of Jersey City
If elected Jake Hudnut would be the first openly LGBTQ member to be elected to the Jersey City Council.

Jersey City Council candidate has Mayor Fulop’s endorsement 

Jake Hudnut, candidate for Ward E Jersey City Council, filed 801 petitions to appear on the November 2021 ballot today. Hudnut would be the first openly LGBTQ member on the Jersey City Council to be elected. To mark this historic candidacy, Hudnut filed his first batch of petitions this morning just before the Rainbow Pride flag was raised to celebrate Jersey City’s LGBTQ Pride Month.

“I am deeply humbled and grateful for the support that I have received from my community as well as the trust that LGBTQ+ leaders throughout the state have shown in my campaign,” said Hudnut. “While I pledge to be a representative for all of Downtown, this is a historic moment for LGBTQ representation in Jersey City and I wanted to take the opportunity to mark that occasion by filing our first round of petitions today.”

Hudnut has garnered significant support and excitement from LGBTQ advocates and rights groups across the state. The campaign will continue collecting signatures until the August 30th filing deadline and is running with Mayor Steven Fulop’s endorsement.

“We are thrilled that Jake is running for Jersey City Council. Jake is a proven public servant, and we need people like him who will work with us to champion LGBTQ+ issues in New Jersey. We are excited to support Jake’s run, and look forward to working with him as Ward E’s next Councilman.” said Lauren Albrecht, Chair and Joe Forte, Vice-Chair of New Jersey Democrat State Committee LGBTQ Caucus in a statement.

If elected, Jake Hudnut would be a historic Councilman,” said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality Action Fund. “Jersey City deserves representation from the LGBTQ community fighting for real progressive change in city government.”

The campaign issued a statement saying the candidate “believes that Jersey City residents deserve a public safety system that’s fair and accountable. Rather than defunding the police, he will work with the public safety leaders to enact meaningful reforms and assure the safety of his constituents. He will fight for investment in schools, sustainable development, and a better quality of life for Jersey City.”

Jake currently serves as Jersey City’s Chief Municipal Prosecutor. In his current role, he worked closely with the Office of the Attorney General to enact the statewide policy to decriminalize marijuana. As Municipal Prosecutor Jake enforced environmental and housing standards, and under his leadership the Quality of Life Task Force became an official division of the Department of Public Safety in New Jersey’s second largest city.