JERSEY CITY, NJ - Among the tens of millions of Americans watching Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden was Francesca Giarratana, a lifelong resident of Jersey City and current Division Chief for Hudson County Planning.

Giarratana had a special connection to the historic event having served on December 14 as one of New Jersey’s 14 Electoral College Members who went to Trenton to vote for Joe Biden as the next President of the United States, and, in fact seconding the nomination of Kamala Harris to serve as the first female Vice President. 

“Growing up in Jersey City, I was afforded the opportunity to embrace the diversity of our country from my own backyard and witness firsthand as friends and neighbors pursued their American Dream,” Giarratana, 32, said.

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“The values that Hudson County represents were threatened time and time again over the past four years, but the path forward begins now,” Giarratana added. “Today as we welcome President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to lead our country, we must replace divisiveness with unity and encourage our national leaders to use this momentum to work hard to pass fair, inclusive, and far-reaching policies that will benefit the nation as a whole."  

According to a statement Giarratana was selected as Hudson County’s Electoral College Member by HCDO Chairwoman Amy DeGise because of her passion to ensure that everyone has their voice heard. Giarratana has spent the past decade working alongside community leaders and elected officials to secure fair and accurate funding for essential programs and services. Already a fierce advocate for promoting civic duty, Chairwoman DeGise felt it was only fitting for Giarratana to be given the opportunity to speak on behalf of Hudson County in voting for President Biden and Vice President Harris. 

“The past four years of Trump’s administration will forever remain dark chapters in the books of American History, but together we fought for our rights and spoke loudly at the polls that this was not the future we visioned for our country,” DeGise said. “Today not only marks the beginning of a new administration, but it serves as a signal of hope for so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of our new President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and the countless individuals, like Francesca, who worked tirelessly to bring the change we so desperately needed to Washington.”

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