Craig Guy continues to name top campaign staff in bid for County Executive

The Democrat is running for County Executive and facing a challenge from progressive activist Eleana Little

Craig Guy has announced he has hired Julietta Vogt to serve as his campaign manager in the race for Hudson County Executive. Guy is the chief of staff of outgoing County Executive Tom DeGise, who will retire when his term is up.

Guy cites Vogt’s extensive experience working as executive director of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, and the crucial perspective that she will bring to the team as a young millennial woman dedicated to the future of Democratic politics.

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“I am thrilled to announce that Julietta Vogt will be leading our campaign team,” said Guy. “Julietta is a highly skilled and experienced leader in Democratic politics, and not only has she worked closely with leaders and activists in Hudson County, but as a millennial and a woman she will bring with her the perspective that we need to move our county and the Democratic party forward.”

Guy is a lifelong public servant who has spent his career in Hudson County. After serving as a Jersey City police officer for 25 years, he has served as the president of the Hudson County Schools of Technology Board of Education, and chief of staff to DeGise.

Guy also serves as the treasurer of the Hudson County Democratic Organization. Guy said he will work to keep county property taxes stable, expand education, and improve parks and other public recreation spaces throughout the county.

“This is such an important race for the future of Hudson County, and I can think of no one better than Craig Guy to serve as County Executive and keep moving our community forward,” said Vogt. “I am so excited to take on this role and to work with Craig to build on the work that he has already done to serve Hudson County.”

Florence Holmes and Craig Guy

Chairwoman for campaign named as well

Recently, Guy also announced that Florence Holmes will serve as chairwoman for his campaign for Hudson County Executive. A Jersey City native, Florence Holmes is a prominent leader and advocate in her community.

“Florence and I have been friends for many years and I am honored that she is joining our team,” said Guy. “Florence and I met when I was serving as the Executive Officer in the West District in the Jersey City Police Department, and her neighborhood was part of my beat. From then on I’ve admired her leadership and commitment to community organizing and activism. Her deep knowledge of Jersey City and its residents will be invaluable as we work to uplift every community within Hudson County.”

Throughout her long organizing work, Holmes has headed block associations in her neighborhood, and works at the Bethune Community Center. She also partnered closely with Guy on community policing programs in Jersey City. Holmes’s daughter operates a 501(c)(3) that works to feed the needy in Jersey City and Bayonne, and has also partnered with the county on numerous food insecurity programs.

“I’m so honored to be taking on this role and to be working with my longtime friend Craig,” said Holmes. “I’ve known and worked with Craig for many years and there is no question that he is the right person for the job. He has spent his entire career dedicated to serving the people of Hudson County, and I’m excited to support his candidacy for County Executive.”

Guy faces a challenge from progressive activist and former vice president of the Progressive Democrats of Hudson County Eleana Little. Although she was not on the “county line,” meaning endorsed by the Hudson County Democratic Organization, Little came close to beating County Commissioner Yraida Aponte-Lipski in the 4th District in 2020 but ultimately lost by nearly a nine point margin with 4,117 votes for Aponte-Lipski to 3,397 votes for Little.

Election Day for the county executive and all nine county commissioners is June 6. After that, the winners of the Democratic Primary traditionally go on to trounce any Republican opponents in the General Election in November.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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