Hoboken, New Jersey Elects Its First Sikh-American For Mayor

For the first time ever, Hoboken has elected a Sikh-American for Mayor. (photo credit: Florio Perrucci Steinhart & Fader)

For the first time ever, Hoboken has elected a Sikh-American for Mayor.

City Councilman Ravi Bhalla has emerged victorious in the six-person mayoral race, becoming the first Sikh mayor of the Mile Square City -- and the state of New Jersey. Bhalla, an Indian-American born in New Jersey, was endorsed by current Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who in a surprising decision announced she would not seek a third term in office. Bhalla, who serves on the City Council, claimed the victory at Moran's Pub on Garden Street surrounded by dozens of his supporters, as well as his friends and family.

Bhalla told his supporters:

"Thank you for having faith in me, for having faith in our community, faith in our state, and faith in our country; this is what America is all about," he told the packed bar.

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