Melissa Enrique-Rada to run for at-large city council seat in May election


BAYONNE – Melissa Enriquez-Rada, president of the Rotary Club of Bayonne and a real-estate agent, will run for at-large Bayonne City Council in the upcoming May election, running on mayoral candidate Jason O’Donnell’s ticket. She joins Second Ward council candidate Kevin Kuhl and fellow at-large council candidate Dan Ward on O’Donnell’s slate. The current at-large city council members are Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski and Juan Perez. Both ran and won on Mayor James Davis’s ticket in June of 2015. Both have yet to formally announce a run for re-election.
Enriquez-Rada, who has a husband, Adel, and four children in Bayonne, is also an assistant teacher for The Artists Avenue organization and promoter for High Tech High School’s Performing Arts program. She was previously president of the John M. Bailey’s PTA and worked with the Bayonne Women’s Club. Enriquez-Rada heads Blessed to Bless, a Bayonne-based nonprofit organization that sends missions to poor communities in the Philippines to provide food, clothing, medical, and dental care.
“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,” said Enriquez-Rada in a press release. “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 toward a better future for our city and everyone who lives here.”
“Melissa Enriquez-Rada is a tremendous addition to our team,” O’Donnell said. “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. 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 kids’ futures.”