Saturday, May 4, 2013

Profiles of 4 City Council candidates in Jersey City's Ward C 2013 election

 Nidia R. Lopez

Age: 63

Family: Married, three children, two grandchildren

Profession: Self-employed business consultant with Nidia Boehringer Consultants; Ward C City Councilwoman

Positions: President, Nidia Boehringer Consultants; commissioner, Jersey City Planning Board; board member, Friends of the Loew’s; member, Jersey City Medical Center Pre-Hospital Medicine Advisory Board; treasurer/elder, Iglesia Presbiterina Nueva Esperanza church

Major Accomplishments: President of Hijas de Maria, an organization of young women at St. Bridget’s Church; public-school education at School 9 and Dickinson High School; former owner, Merico Printing in Englewood; studied to become dental assistant at Newark Dental College; education at St. Peter’s College and New Jersey City University; started own consulting firm; founder of Women Acknowledged & Recognized for Achievements Organization; former committee woman, Ward C, District 27; became first Hispanic of Puerto Rican descent elected to the City Council in 2009

Priorities: Advocate for the homeless; create jobs for Jersey City residents; focus on quality-of-life issues

Slogan: Team Fulop: Moving Jersey City Forward

Richard Boggiano

Age: 69

Family: Married, three children

Profession: Retired Jersey City police detective; teacher, Jersey City Police and Fire Program for Jersey City Public Schools

Positions: President, Hilltop Neighborhood Association; bank auditor; president, Jersey City Police Federal Credit Union; board member, Head Start

Major Accomplishments: Stopped a Port Authority plan to build railroad yards in Jersey City; had jail removed from Pavonia Avenue; stopped building of Earl Hotel; stopped the building of a teen nightclub; halting the use of eminent domain in the construction of a new Hudson County courthouse

Three Priorities: Increase police presence; look at test scores from charter schools to see if those schools are performing better than the traditional public schools; develop Journal Square with the community in mind

Slogan: A Fighter for Our Community

A. Janet Chevres

Age: 48

Family: Single mother of four

Profession: Business analyst/reporting specialist, JP Morgan Chase

Positions: President, School 7 PTO; vice president, School 6 PTO; vice president, Dickinson High School PTO; co-chair, METS Charter School; coach, Washington Little League t-ball; manager; volunteer, Jersey City Fire Department, Jersey City Police Department, PACO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County, Actio n21

Major Accomplishments: Petitioned for and obtain significant amount of corporate sponsorship for many nonprofits, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Washington Park Little League, and Parish of the Resurrection

Three Priorities: Public safety, job creation, community development

Slogan: Healy Team

Adela Rohena

Age: 55

Family: Married, two sons

Profession: Teacher’s assistant for autistic student, Jersey City Public Schools

Positions: Fonder, creator of Puerto Rican nonprofit environmental organization

Major accomplishments: Raising two children; working for the community; to be featured in an upcoming book about Latino women; Jersey City Female Activist of the year, 2009; host and director, Latino news and entertainment show aired on Comcast; recognized by 4H Club as a community leader in Ponce, Puerto Rico; advocate for school, housing transportation and recreation issues

Three priorities: Keeping taxes stable; working to restore respect and productivity of city agencies; recommend creation of jobs for Jersey City residents

Slogan: People Before Politics

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