New Jersey Latino clergy group backs HCDO picks for congress, Hudson freeholders


The New Jersey Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers has come out in support of the Hudson County Democratic Organization’s picks for congress and the board of chosen freeholders.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Hudson County is fortunate to have a leader like Congressman Sires, who is not only a true advocate for the best interests of all residents, but a fighter for access to health care, educational equity, social justice, women’s equality, job creation and most recently, passing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” NJCLPM Vice President Rev. Bolivar Flores said in a statement.

“At a time of unprecedented assaults, Congressman Sires consistently advocates to maintain the American Dream, support DACA recipients, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and keep families together.”

The group, which says they have 400 members, also endorsed eight of the current local freeholders, along with Yraida Aponte-Lipski in the 4th District.

The HCDO announced that they would be supporting Aponte-Lipski over incumbent Joel Torres in February and he decided not to seek re-election off the line.

“These public servants have delivered on a progressive agenda throughout their tenure on the freeholder board,” began NJCLPM President Rev. Raul Ruiz.

“One that protects the most vulnerable, creates opportunities for working families, helps local businesses thrive, revitalizes our infrastructure by making major investments, improves our parks and made bold and strategic decisions to help us get through the COVID-19 crisis. Also, their experienced leadership will help families and communities get through these critically challenging times.”

While he acknowledged that Aponte-Lipski and Union City Freeholder Fanny Cedeno (D-6), who was appointed in January, did not have a ton any elected experience, he pointed to their long-standing leadership in civic advocacy and service.”