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Jersey City, NEW JERSEY, April 14, ... [cached]

Jersey City, NEW JERSEY, April 14, 2005 --- As Filipino population in Hudson County has continued to grow over the years, Gregorio "Greg" V. Racelis said this is the right time to be unified and have a Filipino representative in the Jersey City Council.

Racelis, an active leader in the Filipino community, is running for City Council in Ward B. The election is set for May 10.
"I thought I have retired, but for the sake of the Filipino community, I just want to make a difference, particularly among the contituents of Ward B," Racelis said. "I would like to utilize my experience and apply my acquired knowledge for the common good of the community."
The areas of Ward B includes the west part of Bergen Avenue, West side Avenue, and from Broadman Parkway to Route 440 to Broadway Avenue.
"We always say that there must be a Filipino representative in the council, but we really have to make it happen. Otherwise, we will be taken for granted," Racelis said.
Four years ago, he ran for councilor in the same ward, but lost.
Racelis is also the former president for the Garden Filipino American Association, former deputy commander for the Knights of Rizal, and former director of Economic Opportunity Jersey City.
Married to Cita Eleazar, and have three professional children and five grandchildren, Racelis is currently the owner and broker for Racelis Realty, Inc. Also, he is the Ege Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard Chairman for the Boyd Court and Boyd Avenue Homeowners Association, and technical adviser for the Philippine American Friendship Committee, Inc. (PAFCOM).
"Let us be one and help one another to achieve our goals in strengthening our own Filipino community," Racelis said. The Jersey Journal News [cached]

A testament to their soaring numbers is that in the last Jersey City municipal election , there were three Filipino candidates for City Council - Linda Mayo , Flor Medel and Greg Racelis.

Racelis , the chief fiscal officer in the city's Office of Economic Opportunity , said that since Filipinos first started coming here in the 1960s and 1970s , the community has grown into itself.The largest Asian group in the city , 84 percent of Filipinos who live in Hudson County live in Jersey City.
They have all the Filipinos here and we are an established community , Racelis said.This is where they live..
And alongside the growing community is a hallmark restaurant that meets their culinary needs.A favorite place for Filipinos to meet and enjoy the food of their homeland is the Philippine Bread House on Newark Avenue , across from the Hudson County Administration building.
Glass counters packed with meringues , pan de sal and other baked goods line the front portion of the shop , while hot food is served in the restaurant in the rear.
Racelis , who moved here 30 years ago and who is also a Jersey City real estate broker , said that while many Filipinos choose to live around the Grove Street area - where there is an avenue named after the Philippine capital of Manila - they have been moving to all parts of the city.
I have been selling a lot of houses to Filipinos , he said.Downtown , West Side , and all throughout.They are living in all parts of the city..
And though many have dreams of going back to their island nation someday , Racelis said they make investments , buy homes and become attached.
When I immigrated here 30 years ago from Manila , I thought I would go back , he said.But I invested and am here now.This is my second home..
Voting force
Mayor Glenn Cunningham , who was elected in June as the city's first African-American mayor , said that in the last decade he has seen the Asian community grow and become a strong force in the community.

Jersey City Online -City of Jersey City General Information -"Let Jersey City Prosper Online" [cached]

Greg Racelis Director of Economic Opportunity 201-547-4947 201-547-4941

Jersey City Online -City of Jersey City General Information -"Let Jersey City Prosper Online" [cached]

Greg Racelis Director of Economic Opportunity 201-547-4947 201-547-4941

Jersey City Online -City of Jersey City General Information -"Let Jersey City Prosper Online" [cached]

Greg Racelis Director of Economic Opportunity 201-547-4947 201-547-4941

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