UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County Young Democrats reorganized in an event on Tuesday evening that brought out an unprecedented number of young people from the far reaches of Union County. As part of the meeting, Union resident Maria Del Cid-Kosso was voted in as the new president of the organization.
“In times where issues of racism, sexism and gender parity are being highlighted on a national level, it is crucial for the young generation to get involved, organize and execute, in order to make a complete impact within our communities,” Del Cid-Kosso said. “I am humbled to have been nominated and elected as the first young Latina President of the Union County Young Democrats and blessed to have received the support of so many community leaders and influential members of our community.”
Del Cid-Kosso became politically engaged at the age of 18, when she worked as campaign facilitator/assistant for Senator Robert Menendez’s 2012 reelection campaign. She is an alumna of the Rutgers NEW Leadership Program (2012) and an Organizing for Action- Barack Obama 2015, Fellow.
Del Cid-Kosso, who currently serves as chief of staff to New Jersey Assemblyman and Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green, migrated to the United States at the age of 7 from Guatemala.
Del Cid-Kosso currently sits on the Executive Board of Angels for Action, a non-profit organization in Plainfield that advocates for immigrants' rights. She is an active member of Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE Fund, Inc.), and Committee member of the New Jersey Young Democrats Latino Caucus.
In 2017, Del Cid-Kosso was she awarded a 2017 Union County Women of Excellence Award as well as establishing her very own “Del Cid Dreamers” Scholarship with the Union County College Foundation. The scholarship is designed to help undocumented students pursue a college degree, giving them the same opportunity she had when she attended Union County College. This is the first scholarship at Union County College focused to financially aid undocumented students pursuing a higher education. Del Cid-Kosso is also a current member of the Emerge New Jersey 2017 class.
She, along with Vice-President Kyle Holder; Treasurer Manuel Ramirez and Secretary Brittany Hale will serve the Union County Young Democrats for a two-year term. Their short-term goals include advocacy in the areas of voter-turn out, the importance of the Latino vote, immigration and social justice, and women’s empowerment
“Union County is fortunate to have many bright and talented young Democrats and I’m confident that together we are going to move the party forward,” she said.