The Bloomfield Republican Committee issued a press release Thursday announcing that Second Ward candidate Sharon Soon has dropped out of the November's General Election. Soon cited work and family as her reasons for stepping down, according to the release.
The announcement was made public on Wednesday during the monthly Bloomfield Republican Committee meeting, however Soon informed Chairman Luis Linares two weeks prior. The two believed it would be best though to wait until the Committee meeting in July to make the news official.
Back in June, Patch Soon as a part of our Meet the Candidates series. At the time, she explained that her three main goals, if elected, were to lower property taxes for residents, redevelop the downtown center and to restore "unity and harmony" in the council.
After Soon announced her decision to step down, the party appointed a new candidate to run in her place. That candidate is Kent Weisert, a lifelong Second Ward resident and attorney specializing in labor relations.
“I’m getting involved because I can’t ever see myself living anywhere else and I want to give back to the people that have been my neighbors and friends for so many years,” he said in a statement.
Weisert indicated that he would like to see the council make Bloomfield an even more desireable place for both residents and business to stay for the long-term.
Both Chairman Linares and Weisert want to focus solely on the issues at hand when it comes to running against the Democratic incumbent, Nicholas Joanaw, in November's election.
“I consider Nick a friend, who I just disagree with on some issues. You can’t change the fact that we belong to separate parties. On some issues we try to work together and on others we agree to disagree, but always with mutual respect,” said Linares.
This marks the second time throughout this election that the Republicans have had to make a change to their candidates. Last month, the party nominated Sue Ann Penna to run for council in the Third Ward after Ocatvio Morales citing health concerns.