Rafael Marte was recently sworn into office as Bergen County’s newest commissioner on the Democratic Committee of Bergen County’s Convention. The newly appointed Commissioner Marte was sworn in by Commissioner Chairman Tom Sullivan.
“I am excited and honored to be part of a team that’s so dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our nearly one million residents,” said Marte. “Together, we can accomplish great things and build an even stronger future for Bergen County families.”
Marte fills a vacancy on the Board of Commissioners left by former Commissioner Ramon Hache who decided not to run for reelection in February and resigned from his position in early March. Marte intends to seek election for a full term in November.
“We are thrilled to have Rafael join us on the Board of Commissioners,” said Commissioner Chairman Tom Sullivan. “He brings us a fresh perspective and years of experience as a social worker and public servant. We look forward to utilizing his expertise and working together to advocate for the residents of Bergen County.”
Commissioner Marte is a resident of Bergenfield for 28 years and is a former councilman of the town. Marte has been married for 30 years to his wife Natalia and is the father of Andre, Daniel, Kaylee and Lucas. He also has three granddaughters.
In addition, he has been a social worker at the Westchester Department of Social Services for almost 30 years. After retiring in 2019, Marte worked to promote and preserve Dominican culture in N.J. by founding the Dominican Cultural Association of New Jersey.
“I had the pleasure of sitting down with Rafael earlier this week and am very excited to welcome him to the Board of Commissioners,” said Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco.
“Commissioner Marte brings a wealth of knowledge, passion, and expertise to our governing body and I look forward to working together as we continue to put our residents first and move Bergen County forward,” Tedesco added.
The Bergen County Commissioners are elected representatives and responsible for overseeing the county’s budget, policies and services. The Commissioners meet regularly to discuss and vote on various issues affecting the county and its residents.