Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hudson County Young Republicans Elect New Officers

This was sent to me late last week. The Hudson County Young Republicans now have new leadership for 2011:

On Thursday, January 13, 2011, The Hudson County Young Republican Club held their first meeting of the New Year in Hoboken, NJ. The most anticipated item on the agenda was the election of officers, which ushered in new leadership for the county and support for Governor Christie. Hudson County Republican Chair Jose Arango, and Hoboken Municipal Republican Committee Chair Diana Davis, were present to congratulate the newly elected officers.

With a large attendance of young Republicans representing municipalities from the county, James Sanford, resident of Hoboken, won as the newly elected Chair of the Hudson County Young Republicans.

The Chairman-elect thanked those present and added:

“I am grateful for the enthusiasm and support of the people who elected me. I am also thankful for the opportunity to build upon the many accomplishments of outgoing Chairman Fernando Uribe. I appreciate his many years of service to the organization. Together we will strengthen the Republican Party in Hudson County."

Chairman James Sanford is twenty-seven years old. His father is from Wisconsin, and mother is from Hong Kong. He was born and raised in New Jersey. The Chairman earned a Full Alumni Scholarship from Berkeley College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. From 2002 to 2004 he served as President of the Paterson Rotaract Club, having been awarded the 2004 Community Service Award. Presently he serves as District Rotaract Representative for Rotary District 7490, representing clubs throughout Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson counties. He represents Ward 4 District 3 on the Hoboken Municipal Republican Committee and serves as Ward Captain. He has been a Procurement Manager at T-Systems North America, Inc. since February 2006.

Along with Chairman, the following positions were elected on Thursday night:

  • Chairman: James Sanford, Hoboken
  • Vice-Chair: Edith Jorge, North Bergen
  • Treasurer: Antonio Lopez, North Bergen
  • Recording Secretary: Marilyn Saavedra, West New York
  • Corresponding Secretary: Michael Alonso, Bayonne

Vice-Chair Edith Jorge, a former Field Director for the Republican National Committee’s Victory Campaign, was made the contact person for HYRC Media Relations. The Vice-Chair has served as a Coordination of Promotions, Productions, and Research for CV Networks and has interned in Governor Christie’s Office of Press and Communications. She is pursing an MA in Law & Governance at Montclair State University with concentrations in Advanced Conflict Management and Peace Studies.

Chairman Sanford, along with the rest of the elected officials, emphasized the importance of growing the organization from within so that they may offer themselves as resources to local and state candidates this upcoming election cycle. The meeting ended on an optimistic note, with promises of a productive year to come.

*The Hudson County Young Republican Club became an affiliate chapter of the New Jersey Young Republican Federation on May 22, 1999. To become a member of the HCYR you must be a registered Republican between the ages of 18-40 and a resident of Hudson County. For more information, please feel free to contact Edith Jorge.*

Editor's Note: James Sanford had filed his ELEC Reports for the 4th Ward special election held on November 2nd, 2010 but withdrew his candidacy  shortly after formally filing. This also represents another electoral defeat for Nathan Brinkman who co-sponsored Real Results BOE slate with Maureen Sullivan. That slate came in a distant third place. Nathan Brinkman, once again failed to make any headway with local Republicans as the real direction for Hoboken Republicans now comes from Chair Diana Davis. The Hoboken Democratic chair is Ravi Bhalla and both he and Diana Davis have shown their support for Tom Greaney who is challenging Beth Mason for her second ward council seat this May. When it comes to local politics I think there is much room for reform minded Democrats and measured Republicans to find much common ground on local issues. With Nathan Brinkman cut out of leadership by a fair and democratic vote, the groundwork has been laid for the potential for such cooperation. Just look at the bipartisan support that candidate Tom Greaney has form both party chairs as just one example. ◦