NORTH BERGEN – North Bergen Board of Education President Julio Marenco was named to the commissioner slate headed by North Bergen Mayor and state Senator Nicholas Sacco (D-32) on Monday.
The addition of Marenco, 41, the son of a truck driver from El Salvador and a factory worker from the Dominican Republic, reflects the changing demographics of the Hudson County township.
Marenco will replace North Bergen Commissioner Theresa Ferraro on the slate up for election in May after she announced last week that she will not seek reelection this year and plans to retire from elected office at the conclusion of her current term. With Marenco’s addition to the slate, there is now a 3-2 balance in favor of Latinos over Italian-Americans on the slate.
“I know Hudson County politics is no bean-bag game. But this is a chance to serve at a greater level,” Marenco, who has served on the North Bergen Board of Education since 2002, told PolitickerNJ when asked why he wants to run. “Luckily, North Bergen is a very good community, and we’ve got a great general in Nick Sacco, who has kept this organization running well to serve the public. Good government is good politics.”
“We knew [Marenco’s] background,” said Sacco, moments before North Bergen Democratic Committee workers filed into the back room of the 90 Park restaurant in North Bergen, where the slate announcement was made, to begin circulating ballot petitions. “[Marenco] has been involved in our community. He has a wealth of experience, and he has much that he can give us.”