Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise will join Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket and run for City Council at-Large in this year’s upcoming citywide election. A lifelong Jersey City resident, public school teacher and former elected member of the Jersey City Board of Education, DeGise won a contested election to become the first woman to lead the county party in 2018.
“Amy DeGise has established herself both here in Jersey City and throughout the state as a dynamic leader who cares deeply about issues that impact middle class families day in and day out,” said Mayor Fulop. “As a lifelong resident of Jersey City who has seen the progress our community has made up close, an educator and a leader in our Democratic party, Amy brings a valuable perspective that will make her an asset both in the campaign and on the City Council. I look forward to working closely with her to continue moving our city forward.”
DeGise will join a Council slate that also includes incumbent Council members Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Rich Boggiano, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson. Mayor Fulop will announce the final member of his slate in the coming weeks.
“Jersey City will always be my home and nothing means more to me than making sure it stays on the right path and continues to be a place we can all be proud of,” said DeGise. “I know that Mayor Fulop shares that commitment and it’s easy to see the progress that has been made under his leadership, from making our neighborhoods safer to building more affordable housing to modernizing local government and offering better services to residents while keeping property taxes stable. I’m incredibly excited for this opportunity to continue serving the city I love and I will work hard to earn every vote in this election.”
Amy’s father, County Executive Tom DeGise, also served on the Jersey City Council as an at-Large member prior to being elected to his current position and her aunt, Lois Shaw, was the first Democratic woman ever elected to the City Council, serving from 1973-1977 also in an at-Large seat.