FilAm Runs for NJ Council Seat

Community advocate Melissa Enriquez-Rada is running for a Bayonne City Council seat. (Photo provided to the Philippine Daily Mirror)

Melissa Enriquez-Rada, the first Filipino-American running for a council seat in Bayonne, New Jersey, speaks to the Philippine Daily Mirror’s Ricky Rillera about her platform and getting the community involved.

As of 2016, Bayonne has a population of about 66,000. Many Filipinos live in all the Wards of Bayonne and Rada said that most of the Filipinos she knows are Filipino Americans.

“They can help with our campaign by inviting us to do a meet and greet in their homes or at any event they may have,” Rada told the Philippine Daily Mirror. “This way, they can get to know us and we can answer any question or concerns they may have.”

Filipino American Rolando Lavarro, Jr., President of the City Council of Jersey City, is a family friend. Her husband and Lavarro have been friends since childhood. She said that Lavarro is very supportive of her decision and has offered advice in her candidacy.

Rada is part of mayoral candidate Jason O’Donnell’s team. Their key issue is “to fight for Bayonne taxpayers” while “bringing new businesses without huge tax breaks for developers” and “making sure money gets to schools.” The election will be held on May 8.

Go to the Philippine Daily Mirror to read more on Rada, who is a “community advocate, a mother, a wife, a realtor, a massage therapist, and an insurance agent,” and the programs she supports.

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