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Newly-elected Bergen County Commissioner Rafael Marte, center, with Bergen County Democratic Chairman Paul Juliano and vice chair Balpreet Grewal-Virk.

Bergen Democrats pick new county commissioner

Rafael Marte will complete the rest of Ramon Hache’s term

By David Wildstein, March 09 2023 8:27 pm

Bergenfield Councilman Rafael Marte won a special election convention to replace Ramon Hache on the Bergen County Board of Commissioners tonight without opposition.

Hache resigned last month to take a job as CEO of the Ridgewood YMCA.  Marte will replace him on the the Democratic ticket for a three-year term in the June primary.

The 59-year-old Marte has served two stints in the borough council.  He was appointed in 2017 when now-Assemblyman Christopher Tully resigned to become Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s district director.  He had been appointed to fill another vacancy in 2013 after Carlo Aguasvivas resigned his council seat to become acting mayor after the death of Timothy Driscoll.  He lost his bid to keep the seat in a special election that year to Republican Kathleen Salhberg.

A retired case manager for the Westchester County Department of Social Services, Marte easily won local elections for the borough council in 2017 and 2020.

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