Billy Bisogno withdraws from council race

first_imgMichael Bisogno ×Michael Bisogno JERSEY CITY – Six weeks before the Nov. 7 municipal election, and probably too late to take his name off the ballot, Michael “Billy” Bisogno has dropped out of the race to become Jersey City’s Downtown council member, succeeding Candice OsborneThe 35 year old actor and LGBT activist was one of six candidates in the Ward E council race and could have become the first openly gay person elected to the nine-member City Council.According to local media reports, Bisogno said his new role as executive director of Hudson Pride Connections Center made dropping out of the race necessary.Bisogno said, “I would rather do one job well than do two adequately.”Bisogno has thrown his support behind Nick Grillo, a funeral director and the only Jersey City native running for the Downtown council seat. The other candidates are attorneys Rebecca Symes, Madeleine Giansanti Cag, and Jake Hudnut, and James Solomon, who teaches politics and public policy at New Jersey City University and Hudson County Community College.County election officials began sending mail-in ballots to voters on Friday and have said it’s unlikely the county will pay to redesign the ballot to remove someone’s name.Mayor Steven Fulop has said he will not endorse a Ward E candidate unless there’s a runoff after the first round of balloting.last_img read more