O’Donnell adds Bayonne activist Enriquez-Rada to slate as latest at-large hopeful

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Bayonne mayoral challenger Jason O’Donnell has added activist Melissa Enriquez-Rada to his council slate as an at-large candidate. 

Photo via LinkedIn.
Photo via LinkedIn.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Enriquez-Rada has served as the President of the Rotary Club of Bayonne since 2016 and is also an assistant teacher for The Artists Avenue organization and promoter for High Tech High School’s Performing Arts programs.

Previously, she served as John M. Bailey’s PTA President and is a former member of the Bayonne Women’s club.

“I’m blessed to work with so many throughout Bayonne whose sole focus is on improving our city and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to serve both my local and international communities,” Enriquez-Rada said in a statement.

“I’m proud to stand with Jason O’Donnell and the rest of our team because I know our only goal is to fight for Bayonne taxpayers and to make a better future for all of our residents. I have seen so many people in my travels who do not have the ability to be a voice in their own community and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work towards a better future for our city and everyone who lives here.”

Furthermore, Enriquez-Rada is a two-time recipient of the Bayonne Board of Education’s Sharing is Caring Award and received the Rotary International Walter D. Head Award this year.

Additionally, she loves to serve both in local and international communities with her church, Global Harvest Fellowship.

Since 2007, her ongoing international project has been The Blessed to Bless medical and infrastructure missions in the Philippines. Most recently, the Blessed to Bless team traveled to break ground and start the building process for an orphanage.

“Melissa Enriquez-Rada is a tremendous addition to our team. Melissa understands better than most that public service is sacrifice for the good of community and her work as an advocate is indicative of that sacrifice,” added O’Donnell.

“I am looking forward to working with her to get our message of character and commitment to our city out to voters in advance of Election Day so we can establish a path in Bayonne that doesn’t include huge tax breaks for rich developers that mortgage our kid’s futures.”

Enriquez-Rada works as a realtor, massage therapist and insurance agent and she and her husband, Adel Rada, have four beautiful children, Ariel, Mikaela, Zachary and Katrina.

She joins popular bar owner and 2nd Ward hopeful Kevin Kuhl and veteran educator Dan Ward, running for council-at-large, on Team O’Donnell.