New Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise has named Susan Ragheb, the policy director for Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), as the executive director of the party.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The work of rebuilding our county party and bringing all Hudson County Democrats together to support Senator Bob Menendez and fight for progressive values starts now, and I could not be more excited to have such a great team with me to make that happen,” DeGise said in a statement.
“I would like to once again thank the committee members for their trust in my leadership and everyone who supported my campaign. I pledge to continue working hard to live up to that trust and to once again make the HCDO the statewide force it should be.”
Ragheb replaces John Minella, who was unsuccessful in trying to swing a significant number of Bayonne votes to state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack.
The executive director position pays an annual salary of $60,000.
Hudson County View first noted the rest of the executive committee earlier today:
Vice Chair: Felix Henriquez
Treasurer: Craig Guy
Recording Secretary: Kearny Mayor Al Santos
Corresponding Secretary: West New York Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez
All of the new party officers will serve two-year terms. Additionally, DeGise said she plans to name a slate of second vice chairs in the coming weeks so that all municipalities are represented – reiterating what she said at Kearny High School last night.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with Amy and all the mayors as we build the Democratic Party and deliver a historic victory for Senator Menendez,” Ragheb, who was the field director for Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis’ re-election campaign last month, said in the same statement.