Why I’m Running for Freeholder

Dear Editor:

I want to first thank the Hudson County Democratic Organization, particularly Chairwoman Amy DeGise, for entrusting me with position on its primary ticket as a Freeholder this upcoming election. This a great honor and am overwhelmed by the support I have already received. For those who may not know me, I want to quickly introduce myself and share why I decided to run as the District Four representative on the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, where I stayed very close to my family, studied dentistry and always made it my priority to help others in my community. With my family’s blessings, I came to the United States in 1985 and worked hard to financially support myself while in college. I hold an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Hostos Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Biology from NJCU and a Master of Public Health from the University of New England. I currently work as a clinical instructor at Eastern International College.

Outside of my professional career, I participate in many religious, civic and professional groups because I take great pride in the community I am proud to call home. I am a lector, Eucharistic Minister, and frequent volunteer in my church. I am a member of the Friends of Liberty State Park, Serra Club, Journal Square Community Association, Loyal Order of the Moose and actively involved with New Jersey Dental Hygiene Association and the Hispanic Dental Association.

I have been a Democratic committeewoman in Ward C, District 23 where I serve as sergeant-at-arms for the Jersey City Democratic Organization. I’m running for Freeholder because I want to tackle the most important problems in my community and make sure my neighbors have a voice. Initiatives near and dear to me are public health, senior services, homelessness, vocational training, open space acquisition/improvements and cultural affairs.

Over the next three months, I look forward to continuing to meet my constituents and share with them my vision for District Four. Please do not hesitate to contact me at apontelipski4freeholder@gmail.com or (551)247-0533 to discuss my candidacy, any of the issues you are facing in our community or to arrange time to grab a cup of coffee.

Yraida Aponte-Lipski