FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Stephen Pellino, Chairman, Ridgefield Democratic Municipal Committee
Ridgefield Democrats Announce 2016 Council Candidates Hugo Jimenez and James Kontolios;
Honor Mayor Anthony Suarez, Councilmen Penabad and Shim
Ridgefield, NJ, April 1, 2016 – The Ridgefield Democratic Committee held its Annual Mayor’s Ball at the Villa Amalfi in Cliffside Park, NJ. honoring its Mayor Anthony Suarez, Councilmen Ray Penabad and Dennis Shim. The event highlighted Chairman Stephen Pellino, who announced that the Committee has selected Hugo Jimenez and James Kontolios to run for Borough Council, under the Bergen County Democratic Committee party line.
The successful event, attended by Council President Russell Castelli, Councilman Javier Acosta, included guests: US Congressman Bill Pascrell, Bergen County Clerk John Hogan, Freeholders Tom Sullivan and Steve Tannelli, Surrogate Mike Dressler, Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, Assemblyman Joseph Lagana, Mayor Stephen Fulop of Jersey City NJ, Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee NJ, Mayor Robert White of Saddle Brook NJ, Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman Gloria Oh, Former NY State Assemblyman Matthew Mirones, Freeholder Candidates Mary Amoroso and Germaine Ortiz.
Jimenez, an Information Technology Project Manager, previously served three years on the Ridgefield Council. Jimenez also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Fairleigh Dickenson University, where he teaches I.T. classes. “For me, there’s nothing more important than public service,” said Jimenez, a veteran of the US Navy and American Legion Post 221 Officer. “I’m running for council again because I believe I can support the Mayor and Council to make a real contribution to our community by continuing the policy of stable taxes and progress to our town.”
Kontolios is the Vice-Chair of the Ridgefield Democratic Municipal Committee and has been the campaign treasurer for Mayor Anthony Suarez and the Democratic Councilmen of Ridgefield, NJ since 2011. He has also served as the official Webmaster and Historian for the Borough as well as organizing many cultural and charitable events for various organizations nationwide. He works in the private sector as an Electronics and I.T. Engineer with Always on Cloud Technology and AccelComm where he specializes in Wireless Telecommunications Technologies and Cloud Computing.
“Hugo and Jimmy are well respected members of our community who have pledged to continue Ridgefield’s successful commitment to leadership,” said Chairman Pellino. “From their professional experiences to their strong ideas about government to their work ethic, I couldn’t think of two better candidates to represent the party,” said Congressman Pascrell as he enthusiastically endorsed Jimenez and Kontolios in his remarks.
The Honorees pledged to keep the Borough of Ridgefield on the right track of first class public services, stable taxes, and new innovative ideas to improve the quality of life in one of the safest and desirable towns to live in New Jersey according to NJ Monthly Magazine.
Council Candidate Hugo Jimenez, Mayor Anthony Suarez, Council Candidate James Kontolios, Matthew Suarez