Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados, a native of Elizabeth and community activist who has experience working with non-profits and volunteer organizations, was re-elected to his second term in 2016. In 2013, he became the youngest Freeholder ever elected to the board and youngest Democrat elected in the State of New Jersey.
Granados emphasizes community outreach and charitable service, workforce initiatives, parks and educational improvements, and fiscal reforms.
Granados served in 2016 as the liaison to the Workforce Development Board, overseeing efforts creating hundreds of job opportunities for residents through public-private partnerships. He worked to create training programs for in-demand jobs, ensuring residents a more rapid chance of employment and keeping them up to date on their applications.
Granados served the past year on the Policy Committee of the Freeholder Board, and for the past two years on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, where he helped create a partnership with the Special Olympics organizations, and worked to create the first Inclusive playground in the County among a variety of improvements.
Granados has supported environmental initiatives leading to the County’s ordinance banning fracking on County properties, and encouraging municipalities to stop the flow of fracked waste.
Granados founded the Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation, a community-based non-profit that works to raise awareness and education efforts at the local and national level on social justice. The organization sponsored events raising funds to assist Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, promoted Hispanic Heritage Month, and hosted community meals for families in need.
Granados works as a Supervisor in the City of Elizabeth’s Health Division. He conducts budget review and fiscal analysis, policy implementation and training. He supervises a staff of housing and health inspectors.
Granados has a long record of activism in Elizabeth, where he has served with many organizations, including Hispanos Unidos, the Elizabeth Portuguese Lions, the Portuguese Instructive Social Club, the Elizabeth Portugal Day Committee, New Leaders Council of New Jersey, and the Union County Latino-American Chamber of Commerce. He has served in leadership positions in many of these organizations.