Rekha Nandwani, a Jersey City, N.J., committeewoman, has announced her campaign in pursuit of becoming a Jersey City Ward C councilwoman. The Indian American candidate held her first fundraising event on December 15 at Curry On restaurant in Jersey City to get her campaign off the ground.
She has been involved in the local politics at the grassroots level for a long time, had drew a large crowd, including Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Hoboken Council President Ravi Bhalla, Woodbridge Councilman Viru Patel and former Mayor of Edison Jun Choi.
“I am humbled by the level of support I have received so far in my campaign to be the next councilwoman for Jersey City’s Ward C,” Nandwani said in a statement. “I am encouraged by the constituents I hear from throughout the ward that tell me they need a leader that will represent their interests in the community and that is exactly what I intend to do,” she added.
Dozens of community leaders joined in celebrating Nandwani’s candidacy, including Jersey City Council president Rolando Lavarro, Hoboken Council president Ravi Bhalla, Woodbridge Councilman Viru Patel and former mayor of Edison Jun Choi.
“Rehka is a friend, and an advocate on neighborhood issues and for Asian Americans,” said Lavarro. “She gets the community’s concerns and is a tireless worker. I have no doubt she possesses the skills, determination, and community support that make for a formidable Council candidate.”
In addition to serving as a Hudson County Democratic committeewoman for Jersey City’s Ward C-1, Nandwani is also the president of her neighborhood association and a Steering Committee member within the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’s South Asian American Caucus.
The Ward C council seat is up for election in November 2017.