Endorsements – Ron Bautista
Vote for Ron Bautista on Column A before July 7. Keep an eye out; due to the pandemic you will be receiving a vote by mail ballot!
Jersey City Councilman James Solomon
Elizabeth Ndoye - Hoboken Democratic Committeeperson
“I am a Hoboken resident and homeowner who has lived in Hoboken since 1979.
I believe that a young, progressive spokesperson like Ron Bautista in the Freeholder’s seat is just what Hoboken and the other District 5 communities need to deal with the challenges of the future. Hoboken and District 5 are some the most densely populated areas in the United States. We constantly face major flooding, the effects of climate change, and aging infrastructure problems. We also have a growing homeless population. We have some of the highest taxes and cost of living expenses in New Jersey and New York. Ron Bautista is the person to make sure our tax dollars are allocated judiciously and fairly to alleviate these problems and to work in creative ways to overcome the problems and probable crises of our future. Ron has that kind of problem solving mind and the ingenuity and creativity to lead us through these crises and find the necessary solutions to the challenges we will face. I will vote for him for Freeholder and will do everything I can to get him the votes to win office.”
Julianne Watson - Hoboken Democratic Committeeperson
“Ron has been a great friend and ally for many years. I first met Ron when he was running for Mayor, and he was the only candidate in the race that even mentioned climate change at the debates. As an elected member of the Hoboken Democratic Committee and local organizer fighting runaway climate change has been one of my top priorities, especially in a city like Hoboken. Ron has stepped up time and time again to support progressive initiatives and bring the community together. Trust me, you want someone like Ron in office who cares about our future, and will actually listen to and represent his constituents!”
Irene Astudillo - Immigrant Rights Activist
“I’m a first-generation immigrant and bilingual special needs teacher. Two years ago, my uncle Edisson Barros was taken by ICE agents and sent to the Hudson County Jail as an immigrant detainee. My uncle was facing deportation, it was a struggle to speak with him, and we would listen to him talk about the poor nutrition and non-existent medical assistance at the facility. Ron Bautista fought with us so that my uncle’s immigration case would be heard, and he helped fight for the human rights of all immigrant detainees at the County Jail. Together with other activists, they were able to get more visits, better nutrition programs, and better medical assistance for all detainees. I endorse Ron Bautista because I know first-hand that he understands the value of keeping families together and protecting the rights and well-being of all immigrants. We need him as County Freeholder.”
Michael Watson - Hoboken Democratic Committeeperson
“As long as I have been organizing in Hoboken, Ron Bautista has always stood on the frontlines alongside me. I knew that Ron was a man I could trust when I first heard him speak at the Hoboken Mayoral debates. Everyone was talking about what to do about flooding in Hoboken, and Ron was the only person brave enough on that stage to even mention climate change. As an elected member of the Hoboken Democratic Committee, Ron is one of the first people I turn to when I need to build support for investing in our city’s pedestrian infrastructure, or making positive environmental reforms. Ron is deeply embedded in our community, and he has a daughter he is raising here, so I know that as Freeholder he would make decisions with her in mind. Ron is looking to build a Hoboken that future generations can grow up in, with safe streets, clean air, and a future protected from runaway climate change.”
Moriah Kinberg, Former Jersey City Heights City Council Candidate
“For as long as I have known Ron Bautista, he has been a a staunch advocate, activist and community leader in Hudson County. He has a proven track record of working on the most pressing issues that impact our communities and has plans for how to address issues from affordable housing crisis to the COVID-19 recovery. I am endorsing Ron Bautista for Hudson County Freeholder, District 5, because he stands for what I want to see in government, a leader who is willing to challenge status quo to make our community better.” (Reena Rose Sibayan)
NJ-08 for Progress
“NJ-08 for Progress is proud to endorse Democrat Ron Bautista to represent Hudson County’s 5th District in the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Bautista will draw on his experience as a progressive activist to bring a new and more accountable voice to the county’s legislative government. His work in education and street safety, as well as his immigrant background, will allow him to confidently address some of our most pressing issues for the community.
NJ-08 for Progress is a coalition of concerned New Jersey residents, focused on holding our members of Congress accountable and making the case for progressive leadership in our community.”
The Climate Mobilization (Hoboken Chapter)
“We are proud to endorse our ally Ron Bautista for County Freeholder. Ron has the most comprehensive plan to combat climate change, and will fight for 100% renewable energy infrastructure in Hoboken by 2030. We truly believe that he will lead us in our continued fight against corporate greed and special interests that have brought us to where we are today.”
Good Government Coalition of New Jersey
“The Good Government Coalition of New Jersey is extremely excited to endorse Ron Bautista for Hudson County Freeholder. He’s a local progressive activist fighting for local government that is focused on people. His code of political ethics promises inclusion, responsibility and transparency.”
Food & Water Action
“Food & Water Action is proud to endorse Ron Bautista for County Freeholder in Hudson County, NJ! He supports moving to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and is running on a platform to stop the proposed NJ TRANSIT fracked gas power plant. Election Day is Tuesday, July 7, but ballots have already been mailed out to all registered Democrats. If you are not registered with a political party or have not received your ballot yet, you can submit a copy of this application to the County Clerk’s Office so long as it arrives by June 30.”
Food & Water Action is an organization that champions healthy food and clean water for all.
Samantha Tringali, Executive Search Professional and Career Advisor
“I’m a longtime resident and parent, and I support Ron Bautista for County Freeholder. Ron’s commitment to everything from safer streets (we have so many seniors and young families!) to climate justice is exactly what Hoboken needs, given its unique physical location and economic and cultural diversity. Our city’s policies need to match our civic potential to continue to be a model for the nation. I am also strongly in favor of a Community Land Trust to ensure our community will be affordable for people of all incomes. Cancelling the ICE contract is also of paramount concern to me as we cannot continue to tacitly endorse the monstrous tactics being used on our most vulnerable people.”
Danielle Freire - Born and raised Jersey City Heights Resident
“My support is behind Ronald Bautista for County Freeholder. Ron has proven himself to be a transparent, considerate, and concerned community member that aims to bring folks together on issues that directly impact their lives. Ever since I’ve know him, Ron has always made it a point to use different mediums to have conversations with the people in Hoboken. I was especially excited to witness him create welcoming and inclusive spaces for information sharing for Spanish speaking residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Ron strives for community-informed solutions and his issues reflect a holistic approach to community building- affordable housing and mental health trainings empower individuals and their families. His support for renewable energy, pedestrian safety, and immigrant rights empower cities and puts us in the right direction for a safe and humane future. I’m looking forward to seeing what Ron can do on a larger scale!”
Alison Cherpitel - Hoboken Parent, Teacher and Coach
“I am a proud Hoboken resident, a Head Start teacher in the Hoboken Public School District, a youth sports coach in the community, and my daughter is a student in the Hoboken Public School District. From the moment I first met Ron Bautista, he has impressed me with his passionate advocacy, activism and service on behalf of Hoboken residents. I first met Ron Bautista during his mayoral campaign and got to know him better when I was advocating for safer streets for pedestrians in Hoboken. I can always see the fire in his eyes when he talks about the issues that are important to him to improve the lives of local residents. It’s a passion I share. I believe he is a steadfast ally who cares about improving the lives of ALL Hudson County residents of every race, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation and gender. Voting for Ron for County Freeholder for District 5 in Hudson County is the right choice because we need a strong, progressive voice in Hudson County, who is ready to fight for the changes we need to make our community better, even if it means fighting the status quo. Ron has my vote.”