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Hudson County Freeholder Joe Torres

Hudson freeholder to be replaced

Yraida Aponte-Lipski is backed by Fulop, DeGise

By David Wildstein, February 07 2020 11:51 am

Hudson County Freeholder Joel Torres will not have party support for re-election to a second term, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Democrats have decided to replace Torres, the former president of the Jersey City Board of Education, with Yraida Aponte-Lipski, the wife of former Jersey City councilman Steve Lipski.

Torres represents the Jersey City-based District 4, which includes The Heights, Journal Square and Downtown Jersey City.

Aponte-Lipski was picked jointly by Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop and Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, the Globe has learned.

Steve Lipski is a powerful political insider in Jersey City, where he controls a block of Democratic county committee votes.  In 2018, he delivered those votes to Amy DeGise in her bid to become the Hudson County Democratic chair.

Torres was elected to the freeholder board in 2017 to replace Junior Maldonado, who was giving up his seat to run for Hudson County Clerk.

Aponte-Lipski was a dental hygienist and now works as a dental clinical instructor at Eastern International College in Jersey City.

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