Jersey City mayoral challenger Matsikoudis adds Trinidad to council ticket

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Jersey City mayoral challenger Bill Matsikoudis has added Esmeralda Trinidad, a former vice chair of the Jersey City Democratic Organization, to his council ticket.

Esmeralda Trinidad will be running in Jersey City mayoral candidate Bill Matsikoudis' ticket as a councilwoman-at-large. Photo courtesy of the Matsikoudis campaign.
Esmeralda Trinidad will be running in Jersey City mayoral candidate Bill Matsikoudis’ ticket as a councilwoman-at-large. Photo courtesy of the Matsikoudis campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Over the past year, I have come to know, respect and admire Esmeralda Trinidad, and I am extremely proud to announce her as my first candidate for Council-At-Large,” Matsikoudis said in a statement.

“Esmeralda is a courageous fighter for those in need and a tireless worker who is not afraid to speak truth to power.”

A native of the Dominican Republic, Trinidad served as the vice chair of the JCDO from 2010-2014 and still serves as a Ward F committeewoman.

Trinidad was also one of eight JCDO members who signed off on an April 3 letter to organization Chair Shawn Thomas-Sullivan stating that Jersey City Mayor Fulop, who is seeking re-election on November 7, doesn’t deserve committee funds for his campaign.

She has also worked on political campaigns throughout Hudson County, including Jersey City and West New York.

Furthermore, Trinidad assists immigrants by teaching English as a second language, conducting citizenship classes and helping with citizenship application documentation. As a result, she has helped over 500 immigrants become naturalized.

Trinidad joins Yolanda Dortch-Amiker (Ward F), Rick Johnson (Ward A) and Carmen Vega (Ward D) as the announced candidates on the Matsikoudis team.

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