Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado is running for reelection as County Clerk, seeking a second five-year term in office. Maldonado confirmed his candidacy to the Hudson Reporter.
Maldonado, a Democrat, has been the Hudson County Clerk since 2018, where he won election to succeed retiring Clerk Babara Netchert, and also became New Jersey’s first ever Puerto Rican clerk. He was formerly a Hudson County Freeholder (now known by the title of Commissioner) in District 4 back in 2013.
The County Clerk oversees services including real estate ownership/transfer, passports, public records, and is most importantly the top elections official in the county, overseeing all elections within the county’s 12 municipalities.
“In the last four years, we made a tremendous drive in updating our technology within the County Clerk’s office,” he said. “We’ve made strides in terms of social media and constituent outreach via that technology, and we want to be able to continue to make that kind of progress and those changes that we have made so far.”
Maldonado said that if he gets elected for a second term, they will look to continue expanding technology within the office, modernize their systems with public records and passports and offer their materials online instead of requiring residents to come to the office.
“It’s been a privilege and an honor serving the Hudson County residents for the last four-and-a-half years, and hopefully continue to do so as we move forward in this reelection season,” he said.
Maldonado is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and with the backing of the Hudson County Democratic Organization. “Junior Maldonado is an effective, honest, hardworking public servant who Hudson County residents can count on to deliver the services they need from the County Clerk’s office,” said Hudson County Democratic Chair Amy DeGise.
Beth Hamburger, a business woman and former Republican candidate for the State Legislature, is running unopposed in the Republican primary.
The New Jersey primaries will be taking place on June 7.