Hudson County Democratic Organization Gathers to Endorse Hillary Clinton, Party Ticket for Primary Elections

J82A8943sm.jpgDuring the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s (HCDO) press conference today at the William J. Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City, HCDO Chairman and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto proudly announced the party's endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President in the upcoming June 7th Primary Election. The event was attended by elected Democratic leaders from throughout the county.

"Hudson County Democrats are fighting to give working people the opportunity for a better life, and Hillary Clinton's entire political career has been focused on that same priority,” said Chairman Prieto. “Whether it's expanding and protecting voter rights, advocating for higher wages and more jobs or demanding equal pay for equal work and equal treatment for everyone, our focus could not be more aligned and I am so proud to endorse Hillary for President today."

In addition to the presidential endorsement, Chairman Prieto also announced the party’s endorsements of Congressman Albio Sires, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., Congressman Bill Pascrell, Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari and Hudson County Register Candidate Diane Coleman.

“All of these candidates have a proven track record of leadership and accomplishment throughout Hudson County, and I believe they will continue to deliver for county residents in their roles as Congressmen, Sheriff and Register,” said Chairman Prieto.

Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari was first elected as Sheriff in November of 2010 and served as Undersheriff in the department since 1997. A lifelong Hudson County Resident, Sheriff Schillari has an exemplary record of public service and a distinguished 33-year law enforcement background. He started his first 24 hour/ 7 days a week patrol on County roads, property, and in County Parks; created a Bias Crime Unit and a Community Relations Unit, in the history of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Schillari has always had a passion for serving his community and looks forward to continue serving Hudson County residents as Sheriff.

“Public safety is Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari’s priority,” said North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nicholas Sacco. “The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office has thrived under his leadership and thanks to his efforts Hudson County is a safer place for us all.”

Hudson County Register Candidate Diane Coleman was first elected as Jersey City Councilwoman for Ward F on November 6, 2012. A resident of Jersey City for over 50 years, Councilwoman Coleman has extensive experience in government and as a community leader. She has previously served as a Congressional Aide and Executive Vice President of the Urban League of Hudson County. She is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Building an Empire, Inc., in which she provides a wide variety of social services, including assisting over 8,000 residents in finding apartments, paying security deposits, and providing employment readiness seminars information on job placement and employment opportunities.

“If Diane Coleman’s time and service on the Jersey City Council are any indication, residents will be served well in electing her as the Hudson County Register,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. “Councilwoman Coleman has served Jersey City’s Ward F candidates with honor and integrity, with a dedicated work ethic that instills public trust.”

To further assist the Clinton campaign, the HCDO is also naming two local Campaign Coordinators who will be responsible for outreach in their communities and will work closely with party leadership to collaborate with the Clinton campaign. The two coordinators will be Jersey City Councilwoman at-Large Joyce Watterman and former Assemblywoman Joan Quigley. 

Councilwoman Watterman is a lifelong Jersey City resident who was first elected in 2013 to an At-Large seat on the City Council. She organized and serves as the current president of the Women’s Political Caucus, Hudson County Chapter, zone leader of Bergen Community United, active member of the NAACP and is a Chaplain for the Hudson County Sheriff's Department. 

Joan Quigley represented the 32nd legislative district in the State Assembly from 1994 to 2012, serving as Deputy Speaker and Majority Conference Leader and authoring many important pieces of legislation. She is now the Chief Executive Officer of the North Hudson Community Action Corporation, which delivers health, social and education services to thousands of residents throughout northern New Jersey. 

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