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Chavez-Fernandez named Menendez state director

Returns to Senate staff after three years at Mercury

By David Wildstein, May 13 2019 11:00 am

Raphael Chavez-Fernandez is returning to the staff of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez as his new state director.

Chavez-Fernandez worked in Menendez’s office from 2013 to 2016 handling Hispanic community outreach and served as deputy campaign manager for the senator’s successful 2018 re-election campaign.  The post puts the 29-year-old political operative in close proximity to the state’s senior senator as he leads Menendez’s Newark and Barrington offices

“Raphael Chavez-Fernandez brings unique talent and savvy to my office,” Menendez said.  “Raphael represents the next generation of leaders in New Jersey, with fresh ideas and a new approach that brings with him a level of excitement and energy to meet the challenges of the day and inspire others.”

Chavez-Fernandez has spent the last three years at Mercury Public Affairs, where he was a protege of Menendez’s top political advisor, Michael Soliman.

“I’m honored that Senator Menendez has given me this exciting, new opportunity to once again serve the people of my home state of New Jersey,” Chavez-Fernandez said.  “The Senator has fought tirelessly to improve the lives of New Jerseyans. Whether it’s fighting to empower the middle class or ensure we have access to quality, affordable health care, he has built a reputation as an effective legislator.  I look forward to leading a talented and hardworking staff to achieve the Senator’s vision.”

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