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First Elected To Council: November 8, 2011
Current Term Expires: December 31, 2021

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Aide: Talita Elizeu
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Council President Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. was elected for a second term as Councilman-At-Large on June 11, 2013. He was voted in for a two-year term as Council President by the newly sworn in Municipal Council on July 1, 2013. Originally elected via a special election on November 8, 2011, he was sworn in on November 21, 2011, becoming the first Asian American in the history of Jersey City to serve on the Municipal Council.

Council President Lavarro grew up in the Greenville section of Jersey City where he still resides with his wife and child. He is the son of doctors Rizalina and Rolando Lavarro, Sr., who immigrated in the late 1960s to the United States from the Philippines. After attending St. Paul’s Grammar School in Greenville, Rolando graduated from St. Peter’s Preparatory High School in downtown Jersey City. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business.

Prior to serving on the City Council, Rolando was the Director of Constituent Services for Assemblyman (now State Senator) Robert Gordon in New Jersey’s 38th Legislative District and was an Aide to Councilwoman Mary Donnelly in Jersey City’s Ward B. For a decade, he worked with World Education Services, helping immigrants and foreign students to transition to the United States by providing evaluations of foreign academic credentials.

Rolando is Chair of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency Board and Chairperson of the Jersey City Municipal Alliance to Combat Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Councilman Lavarro is committed to building coalitions and working with diverse groups and organizations in the community. His legislative priorities include crime and public safety and implementing a city budget that prioritizes the needs of Jersey City residents, businesses, and stakeholders.

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