In a letter to the editor, District 4 freeholder candidate Yraida Aponte-Lipski says she’s thankful to have the chance to serve, explaining why she’s running and how residents can get in touch with her.
I want to make public my gratitude to the Hudson County Democratic Organization, particularly Chairwoman Amy DeGise, for entrusting me to continue promoting the values of the HCDO by including me on its ticket as a freeholder this upcoming election.
I consider this a great honor and am overwhelmed by the support the members of this organization have already shown me.
For those who may not know me, I want to quickly introduce myself and share why I decided to run as the District Four representative on the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, where I stayed very close to my family, studied dentistry and always made it my priority to help others in my community.
Because economic opportunity in the Dominican Republic was scarce, I, with my family’s blessings, came to the United States in 1985.
I worked very hard during the day to financially support myself so I could attend evening classes at Hostos Community College, where I earned an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene.
Upon graduating from Hostos, I worked as a dental hygienist in both New York and New Jersey. Not wanting to stop my formal education, I enrolled at New Jersey City University and completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2008.
In 2016 I was offered a job at Eastern International College as a clinical instructor, where I continue to work today.
Needing a master’s degree to teach at a college, I returned to school and this past May earned a Master of Public Health from the University of New England.
Outside of my professional career, I participate in many religious, civic and professional groups because I take great pride in my Jersey City community that I am proud to call home.
I am a lector, Eucharistic Minister, and frequent volunteer in my church, and I am a member of the Friends of Liberty State Park, Serra Club, Journal Square Community Association and Loyal Order of the Moose.
I was an honoree of the Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Jersey City Dominican Parade Committee. I am also an active member of the New Jersey Dental Hygiene Association and the Hispanic Dental Association.
I have been a Democratic committeewoman in Ward C, District 23 for many years now.
Because of my steadfast commitment to the people of Jersey City and the Jersey City and Hudson County Democratic Organizations, I was made sergeant-at-arms for the Jersey City Democratic Organization.
I’m running for freeholder because I want to tackle the most important problems in my community, make sure my neighbors have a voice and know they have a representative who is ready to listen.
Initiatives near and dear to me are public health, senior services, homelessness, vocational training, open space acquisition/improvements and cultural affairs.
If elected, I look forward to working with the entire freeholder board and the county executive to legislate improvements that will continue to push our community forward.
Over the next three months, I look forward to continuing to meet my constituents and share with them my vision for District Four.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (551)247-0533 to discuss my candidacy, any of the issues you are facing in our community or to arrange time to grab a cup of coffee.
Candidate for Hudson County Freeholder, District 4