On Monday, June 10, the Hoboken Democratic Committee held its reorganization meeting for the new term in which committee members elected new leadership.
Rachel Hodes was unanimously elected as chair. Hodes previously served as recording secretary and works at a nonprofit focused on training and empowering young philanthropists. She holds a BA from Rutgers in Political Science and an Masters in Public Administration from NYU. Hodes lives in Hoboken’s 6th Ward with her husband, Jason Freeman, Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s deputy chief of staff.
“I am grateful to the members of the Democratic Committee for electing me to serve as their chair,” said Hodes. “At a time when our Democratic values are under constant assault, it is important now, more than ever, to come together and get to work.”
The rest of the executive board, also unanimously elected, is made up of Phil Cohen as 1st vice chair, Eileen Carvahlo as 2nd vice chair, Seth Abrams as 3rd vice chair, Marla Decker as treasurer, Vera Sirota as corresponding secretary, Joe Quintero as recording secretary, George DeStefano as sergeant-at-arms, Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla as honorary chair, and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro as honorary chair.
“I thank Chairman Cohen for his service, and I am excited to work with Rachel Hodes as she has been a critical part of the growth we have seen in the Democratic Party in Hoboken,” said Mayor Bhalla. “With the 2020 Presidential Election just around the corner, it is imperative that we have a strong Democratic Party in Hoboken, and our new Executive Committee has demonstrated that they are ready to take on that task.”