Sources: HCDO to announce candidates running on the line next week

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In light of the news that Jersey City Freeholder Joel Torres (D-4) won’t be running on the Hudson County Democratic Organization line in the June primary, sources said that the local party plans on announcing which candidates they will be backing next week.

Jersey City Freeholder Joel Torres (D-4).

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“After the chair has spoken to the leadership in the HCDO, it’s quite possible a full ticket is announced on Wednesday,” a high-ranking HCDO official told HCV this afternoon, emphasizing that HCDO Chair Amy DeGise still has plans to meet with local officials in the coming days.

NJ Globe reported yesterday that Torres, who ran for freeholder in 2017 instead of seeking another term on the Jersey City Board of Education, would not receive the Democratic party line in the June 2nd primary.

Yraid Aponte-Lipski, the wife of former Jersey City councilman and current ward leader Steve Lipski, has been pegged to run on the party line instead of Torres.

Other officials, who also spoke under the condition of anonymity, said that while it was “probable” Aponte-Lipskini would receive the backing of the HCDO, those conversations were ongoing and no final decisions had been made.

DeGise expressed that sentiment in a statement she released this morning.

“As Chairwoman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, I’m proud of our record of helping re-elect Senator Menendez and our entire Democratic ticket in the last two years with overwhelming margins of victory and strong turnout,” she said.

“At this point we have not reached a final decision on all of our party’s endorsements in the upcoming June Primary election. Discussions with my fellow Democratic leaders in both elected office and in the grassroots are ongoing, and we will announce our ticket soon.”

The other eight current freeholders are all expected to again receive the support of the HCDO, who will also back U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) re-election bid.

Additionally, no one has given any indication of who the party will support for president at this time.

Back at the local level, Torres has not indicated if he will run off the line of not, but he has a close relationship with state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack, who employs Lady Jimenez-Torres – the freeholder’s wife – as one of his top aides at City Hall.

Stack has battled the HCDO many times over the years, most recently in a losing effort when he sought the party chair seat against DeGise in June 2018.

The Lipskis helped secure pivotal Democratic committee votes in the Jersey City Heights in that contest.

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