Hudson County exec. hopeful Craig Guy reveals 5 members of campaign team


Hudson County executive candidate Craig Guy is revealing five members of his campaign team, which includes consultants, a fundraiser, and communications manager.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Throughout my career in public service I have seen how critical it is to build a strong team, and I am very proud to announce this distinguished group of professionals who will help our campaign succeed,” Guy, who currently serves as outgoing County Executive Tom DeGise’s chief of staff, said in a statement.

“With the support of Democratic leaders and community advocates throughout Hudson County, I am excited to begin this campaign and deliver our positive message of continuing to move Hudson forward.”

Michael Soliman, a partner at Mercury, has been tapped as the senior advisor and chief political strategist, while Brendan Gill, and his wife, Alixon Collazos – both of the BGill Group – have also been hired.

Gill, also an Essex County commissioner, will be a general consultant and senior strategist, while Collazos will be in charge of outreach for the Latino community – similar to the role she served in for Phil Murphy in his successful bid for governor in 2017.

Additionally, Michele Sorvino, of Hudson River Strategies, will be the campaign’s fundraising consultant and finance director.

Finally, Phil Swibinski, of Vision Media, will be the communications manager.

He has recently worked on the successful re-election campaigns of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and has been a longtime consultant for state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco.

In recent memory, her clients have included DeGise, the Hudson County Democratic Organization, and Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Romano (D-5).

When he received the endorsement from the HCDO last month, Guy named longtime friend Florence Holmes as his campaign chair and Julietta Vogt – the executive director of the HCDO – as his campaign manager, which he reiterated in subsequent announcements.

For the time being, Guy currently has one declared Democratic challenger in progressive activist Eleana Little. The filing deadline for the primary is March 27th.

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