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Tom DeGise wins in Hudson County

Five-term incumbent easily defeats Patricia Waiters

By David Wildstein, June 04 2019 8:01 pm

The New Jersey Globe is calling the Democratic primary for Hudson County Executive in favor of five-term incumbent Thomas DeGise.

DeGise, left for dead at the side of the road fifteen months ago as Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop sought to dump him, will easily win his Democratic primary against Patricia Waiters.

He will now face Republican Kennith Gonzalez, an 18-year-old college student, in the general election.

DeGise fought off Fulop by rallying most of the Hudson mayors and electing his daughter as the new Hudson County Demcoratic Chair.

Sheriff Frank X. Schillari was unopposed in his bid for a second term.  He will face Republican Adela Rohena.

In the race for Surrogate, where incumbent Joe Ryglicki did not seek re-election, Freeholder Tilo Rivas was unopposed.

Ryglicki is a longtime ally of North Bergen mayor/State Sen. Nicholas Sacco.  Rivas has been a strong supporter of Union City mayor/State Sen. Brian Stack.

This is a win for Stack, who gets to run a Union City ally countywide.  It’s also a magnanimous move for Sacco, who helps keep peace in Hudson by showing respect for Stack.

The move will also add a second Latino countywide elected official in Hudson County.  The county clerk is Junior Maldonado.

Rivas, 71, held local office in Union City from 2001 until last year when he did not seek re-election to the Board of Commissioners.  He has been a freeholder since 2004.

Assuming Rivas wins his race against John R. Muniz – Republicans have not won a countywide election in Hudson County since 1956 – Stack would get to fill the open freeholder seat.  The district six seat falls entirely within Union City.

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