Hudson County Young Democrats Chapter Officially Launches with Support of Chairman Prieto, Hudson Democratic Leaders
The Hudson County Young Democrats are officially launching as a local chapter of the national Young Democrats of America with the support and guidance of Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Democratic leaders from throughout the county. The chapter has launched a new website and Facebook page and will be hosting its first General Meeting on December 7th and its first Meet and Greet Happy Hour on December 9th. More events designed to increase political participation and community engagement among Hudson County residents under 36 years old will be announced in the future.
"As Chairman of the Hudson County Democratic Organization one of my goals is to bring more residents into the political process and I am excited to see a local chapter of the Young Democrats forming to aid in that mission," said Speaker Prieto. "With tremendously important elections for President, Congress, State Legislature and Governor on the horizon it will be essential to get young people engaged and excited about our candidates and this organization will surely be an important help in that regard."
HCYD will be governed by an Executive Committee led by Brian Platt, Director of the Jersey City Office of Innovation, who will serve as President. Michael Makarski, a Senior Director of Public Affairs at MWWPR, will serve as Vice-President. North Bergen Board of Education Trustee Luis Rabelo will serve as Treasurer. Hannah Peterson, a Research Assistant in the Office of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, is serving as Secretary. Campaign Finance Consultant Koren Frankfort will be the organization's Membership and Outreach Director. Chief of Staff to Hudson County Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano Marelyn Rivera will serve as Events and Activities Director. Vision Media Vice-President Philip Swibinski will serve as the group's Communications Director.
"Our mission is to encourage civic activism and inspire greater participation and involvement in the political process here in Hudson County," said Platt. "We are excited to get started and on behalf of the organization I would like to thank Chairman Prieto, Mayor Steve Fulop and all the Democratic leaders in Hudson who will be helping to make this a success."
Membership in HCYD will be open to any residents of Hudson County who are registered Democrats under 36 years of age. The organization is governed according to bylaws that were ratified by its founding members. Elections for Executive Committee positions will be held each December starting in 2016 and voting will be open to any HCYD member in good standing. The organization plans to maintain a close relationship with nearby chapters as well as state and national YDA.
"This has been an incredibly exciting year for the New Jersey Young Democrats. Young Democrats sought office and won. From local council races, to Freeholder and Assembly races, YD's stepped up to the plate and proved we are a force to be reckoned with," said New Jersey Young Democrats President Marshall Spevak. "It is particularly exciting to now have a new chapter of our organization forming in one of the most important Democratic counties in New Jersey in the Hudson County Young Democrats. I am very excited to work closely with the HCYD team and help them become another successful part of our state organization."