Hudson County Democratic Committee chooses replacement for Prieto in Assembly

Former State Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman-select Pedro Mejia, and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco
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Former State Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman-select Pedro Mejia, and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco

SECAUCUS – Members of the Hudson County Democratic Committee representing the 32nd Legislative District voted March 28 to appoint Pedro Mejia, a Secaucus resident, to a vacancy in the State Assembly.
Assemblyman-select Mejia will be sworn-in soon and will run for the unexpired term created by the resignation of Assemblyman Vincent Prieto in the June Primary Election.
Upon taking office, Mejia will become the first Dominican-American immigrant to serve in the State Legislature.
“I would like to thank the committee members and the Democratic leaders of Hudson County for their faith and confidence in my ability to represent my new constituents,” Mejia said in a press release.
“This is a tremendous honor and I pledge to work as hard as I can to live up to it.”
Born in the Dominican Republic, Assemblyman-select Mejia immigrated to the United States at the age of 15 and became a naturalized citizen in 2000. A successful small business owner in the residential real estate industry, Mejia is married with three children and he has lived in Secaucus for the last 11 years.
Prieto, who served as assemblyman for 14 years, stepped down in February to head the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.