2004 Jersey City mayoral special election

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Jersey City mayoral special election, 2004
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Candidate Jerramiah Healy Louis Manzo L. Harvey Smith
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 17,401 15,159 13,672
Percentage 27.78% 24.20% 21.83%

Candidate Willie L. Flood Steve Lipski
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 9,286 3,946
Percentage 14.82% 6.30%

Mayor before election

L. Harvey Smith

Elected Mayor

Jerramiah Healy

The Jersey City 2004 mayoral special election took place on November 2, 2004. Democrat Jerramiah Healy won the election with 28% of the vote over his nearest rivals (Assemblyman Lou Manzo, 24%, and Acting Mayor L. Harvey Smith, 22%).[1] The previous Mayor Glenn Cunningham, the first African-American Mayor died of a heart attack five months prior and L. Harvey Smith became Acting Mayor. There was also an election in 2005, which Healy also won.

The election was marked by attempts to claim the legacy of deceased Mayor Cunningham, innuendo, and a picture of the eventual winner drunk and naked on his front porch.[2]


The candidates were as follows:[3]


Jersey City mayoral special election, 2004[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Jerramiah Healy 17,401 27.78
Nonpartisan Louis M. Manzo 15,159 24.20
Nonpartisan L. Harvey Smith 13,672 21.83
Nonpartisan Willie L. Flood 9,286 14.82
Nonpartisan Steve Lipski 3,946 6.30
Nonpartisan Hilario Nunez, Jr. 759 1.21
Nonpartisan Hosam Mansour 633 1.01
Nonpartisan Dwayne Baskerville 594 0.95
Nonpartisan Isaiah J. Gadsden 482 0.77
Nonpartisan Alfred Marc Pine 449 0.72
Nonpartisan Thomas Short 219 0.35
Write-in Personal Choice 41 0.07
Total votes 62,641 100.00