Smith wins Bayonne mayoral race

November 4, 2008 7:46:14 PM PST
Mark Smith has been elected the mayor of Bayonne, having captured more than 45 percent of the nearly 20,000 votes cast. Five candidates were running in the non-partisan election to fill the seat of former mayor Joseph Doria Jr., who resigned a year ago after being named the head of New Jersey's Department of Community Affairs.

Smith, who currently serves as the city's acting police director, was endorsed last month by U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, D-West New York.

Besides Smith, also seeking Doria's seat were zoning commissioner Raymond Rokicki; former Mayor Richard Rutkowski; former Municipal Judge Patrick Conaghan; and Bayonne City Clerk Robert Sloan.

A major campaign issue for those vying for Doria's vacated seat was how to develop Bayonne's former Army base, known as the Military Ocean Terminal. It sits along more than 430 acres of Bayonne's waterfront, and boasts sweeping views of New York City.