Hudson County executive candidate Craig Guy has named community advocate Florence Holmes as the chairwoman for his campaign.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Florence and I have been friends for many years and I am honored that she is joining our team. Florence and I met when I was serving as the executive officer in the West District in the Jersey City Police Department, and her neighborhood was part of my beat,” Guy, outgoing County Executive Tom DeGise’s chief of staff, said in a statement.
“From then on I’ve admired her leadership and commitment to community organizing and activism. Her deep knowledge of Jersey City and its residents will be invaluable as we work to uplift every community within Hudson County.”
Throughout her long organizing work, Holmes has headed block associations in her neighborhood, and works at the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center in Jersey City.
She also partnered closely with Guy on community policing programs in Jersey City, while her daughter operates a 501(c)(3) that works to feed the needy in Jersey City and Bayonne, and has also partnered with the county on numerous food insecurity programs.
“I’m so honored to be taking on this role and to be working with my longtime friend Craig. I’ve known and worked with Craig for many years and there is no question that he is the right person for the job,” added Holmes.
“He has spent his entire career dedicated to serving the people of Hudson County, and I’m excited to support his candidacy for county executive.”
Guy, the current odds on favorite in the June 6th Democratic primary, mentioned that Holmes would chair his campaign on Saturday, when Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and other prominent electeds joined the Hudson County Democratic Organization in backing his candidacy.
At the same event, Guy noted that Julietta Vogt, the executive director of the HCDO, would serve as his campaign manager.
For the moment, he has one declared primary challenger: progressive activist Eleana Little.