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Hasbrouck Heights Democrats

Empowering Hasbrouck Heights: Building Together for a Brighter Future!

Councilman Chris Hillmann (2018 - Present)

Chris was first elected to the Hasbrouck Heights Council in 2017 and re-elected in 2020. 

He is the Commissioner of Social Services & Deputy Commissioner of Transportation.

He is also the Access for All liaison. 

Professionally, Chris is the Director of Legislative Affairs at NJ Motor Vehicles Commission. Prior to that, he worked for for HPAE, NJ's largest healthcare union, and previously spent 11 years working for District 38 Legislators Connie Wagner & Tim Eustace. 

Chris and his husband Patrick were married in 2016 at The Ivy Inn. 

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Democrat candidate for mayor

Democrat candidate for council

Gabrielle Riccardi-Mendoza

Gabrielle is a long-term resident of Hasbrouck Heights.  She and her husband, Ivan have two children in the Hasbrouck Heights school system. 

Gabrielle is a proud member of the Junior Women's Club in town and previously served on the board.  She is also a member of the Lincoln School and Middle School PTA.  Gabrielle on the board of the Democratic Club of Hasbrouck Heights as well.

Gabrielle holds a bachelor's degree in Humanities from Montclair State University and a graduate degree in both Elementary Education and Reading from Saint Peter's University.  She is a certified special education teacher who works in the Cliffside Park school district as an ABA teacher. 

Gabrielle previously ran for council in 2022.

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Democrat candidate for council

Erica Golle

Erica joined the community as a first-year teacher at Hasbrouck Heights High School in 2006, an experience that sparked her love for Heights and guided her decision to move here in 2010.


Over the past 17 years, Erica has enjoyed many aspects of life in Heights, including participation in a variety of town-wide events and volunteer opportunities. She is an active member of the Hasbrouck Heights Friends of the Library and maintains their social media accounts. Erica is currently hosting an exchange student from Denmark, an 11th grader at HHHS, and is energized by how welcoming the students and their families have been throughout this experience. 


A long-time teacher at Bergen Tech-Teterboro, Erica has taught dozens of students from Heights, whom she affectionately refers to as her "hometown heroes". She is an Association Representative for Bergen Tech's local branch of the NJEA and embraces her role as an active leader and organizer. 


Erica served on the Board of Directors for a global nonprofit in the rare disease space for four years. During this time, she worked towards the creation of a DEI committee and strategic outreach. She also leveraged her understanding of policymaking to advocate on behalf of the organization at both the state and federal levels. 


Erica has BAs in Political Science and German from Lehigh University and an MA in the Teaching of Social Studies from Columbia University, Teachers College. In 2023 she was an honoree at Bergen County's celebration of Women's History Month.

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