BAYONNE – Jason O’Donnell, a former Democratic Assemblyman and Bayonne firefighter, will run for Mayor of Bayonne against incumbent James Davis in the June 2018 election, O’Donnell told the Bayonne Community News. His candidacy will be formally announced on October 11 at the Knight of Columbus at 6 p.m.O’Donnell, born and raised in Bayonne, is raising his two kids with his wife three blocks from where he grew up.“I think Bayonne can be better and it deserves better than what we’re getting,” O’Donnell said. “The city has become unaffordable to people born and raised here and we have an obligation to work toward fixing that.”O’Donnell retired from the Bayonne Fire Department in 2015 after 20 years of service. Before that, he attended New Jersey City University where he studied fire safety. O’Donnell also served as the city’s Director of Municipal Services from 2009 to 2010, and Director of Public Safety from 2010 to 2014 under former Mayor Mark Smith. He also worked as campaign manager for Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti in a 2007 unsuccessful Assembly race.In 2010, he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 31st legislative district, serving until he declined to run for re-election in 2016.Where O’Donnell stands on issues facing residents in Bayonne will come to light in the coming months leading up to the election on Tuesday, June 5. So far, Mayor Davis and O’Donnell are the only two candidates running for Mayor of Bayonne.“I look forward to a spirited and robust campaign where we can talk about the issues affecting people here in Bayonne,” O’Donnell said. ×Jason O’Donnell will run for Mayor of Bayonne in 2018. Jason O’Donnell will run for Mayor of Bayonne in 2018.