Ravi Bhalla: Meet the first Sikh mayor of Hoboken who was called a ‘terrorist’

A Hoboken town councillor topped 5 different candidates in the race to succeed mayor Dawn Zimmer, who decided not to seek a 3rd term in workplace. Ravi Bhalla can become Hoboken’s 1st Sikh mayor when being targeted by racist flyers. Bhalla had been the subject of anonymously distributed flyers that labeled him a terrorist. The flyers featured an image of Bhalla with the message “Don’t let terrorist act take over our Town!”

“I did my own dry cleaning this morning, thus nothing’s changed,” he aforesaid at the Hoboken railway station Wednesday morning. Downplaying his narrow success, Bhalla celebrated with Governor-elect Phil murphy by greeting voters on their way to work. “A ton of good energy this morning,” he said. “Very humbled by the outpouring of support.” The race got ugly in its final days, with the distribution of the flyers. The Indian-American politician known as them troubling in a Twitter post but aforesaid “we won’t let hate win.”

“I assume that was outside the pale,” he said. “But you know, perhaps it made people understand that this kind of stuff really happens in the world, and we got to send a message.” And voters sent that message. “I think it positively created more individuals come out to the polls,” Hoboken resident Tara Simonelli aforesaid. “That isn’t what Hoboken’s about, and I was upset to see that happening in our city.”

One of Bhalla’s opponents, fellow councillor Michael Defusco, said the racist flyers did not come from him. Police are investigating.
“I assume individuals were able to see through that and vote for the correct candidate,” citizen Lee Ballin said. Bhalla has aforesaid he plans on prioritizing infrastructure, traveling and open space.

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