Apparently, the race for the Ward F City Council seat has another entrant, Vernon Richardson. Richardson has launched a website announcing his run and describing his reasons for throwing his hat in the ring.
“I want to be a voice for institutional change, to listen to my neighbors, hear your concerns, and understand your needs, to be open and accessible, transparent and accountable…. to be your voice in City Hall,” he says.
The website also lays out policy positions on affordable housing, transportation, public safety and business development.
Richardson joins “Team Fulop” member and incumbent Jermaine Robinson and community activist Frank “Educational” Gilmore in seeking the office.
According to the website, Richardson grew up in Jersey City. He attended Saint Peter’s College and Seton Hall University, graduating with a major in communications and political science before seeking a masters in media studies at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
The website also describes him as “a producer for the largest names in talk radio while working at WOR Radio710, WABC-AM, WEVD-AM, WFAN, TalkNet, the Talk Radio Network, and the ABC Radio Network” and as a “government affairs manager for the media giant, Cablevision.”
Richardson also lists work as deputy press secretary for the mayor of New York City, press secretary to Representative Maxine Waters, communications director for the congressional Black caucus, and radio communications manager for the Democratic Technology & Communications Committee in Washington DC. He also cites his jobs as radio manager for the Democratic National Committee Convention in 2000 and as the radio manager for Vice President Al Gore.
Richardson spent three years as chief-of staff to Councilman Michael Yun. He is currently aide to the Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
Jersey City Times has asked Richardson for comment but, as of yet, received no response.