FROM THE COMMUNITY, FOR THE COMMUNITY
Hector Carlos Lora was born on November 26, 1977, in the city of Passaic. His parents were Dominican immigrant Alejandro and Maritza Lora. He grew up in Passaic as the brother of five siblings: Manuel, Henry, Alex, Angela, and Rita Lora. He attended and graduated from the Passaic Public Schools system and continued to live in Passaic for the rest of his early life. He was very active in his community and joined a variety of clubs, such as the Boys & Girls Club of the city of Passaic.
FROM THE MAYOR
“As a child, I was optimistic; idealistic. I often dreamed about great things that could happen, not just in the city but just in general. I believed that if you worked hard, you could succeed so I often found myself working at jobs that depended on how hard you worked.”
— Hector Carlos Lora, Mayor of the City of Passaic
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EDUCATION & PRE-POLITICAL CAREER
Hector enrolled at Seton Hall University to continue his education. He also attended Passaic County Community College where he graduated with an associate degree (Suma Cum Laude) and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Liberty University.
Prior to entering political office, Hector worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic for over 14 years where he served as Director of multiple Ancillary departments and as the Public Health and Patient Liaison within the Public Relations and Marketing department.
A CAREER IN IMAGES
Hector C. Lora has been elected in his hometown of Passaic, NJ as a Councilman in 2011, and then elected twice as a Passaic County Commissioner. In 2015 Hector became the first American Latino and first American of Dominican heritage to become the Director of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Commissioners.
He has also served as an Assistant Director and Sunday School Teacher of the Dream Place Children’s Ministry and substitute Preacher and English Interpreter as well as the Community Liaison at the First Spanish Free Methodist Church of Passaic for over 10 years and the Senior English Pastor of the Risen Refuge English/Arabic Ministry in the Egyptian Christian Church of Jersey City for over three years.
Today Hector C. Lora serves as the Mayor of his hometown of Passaic, NJ. He also served as the Board Chairman of the Crossroads Cultural Center at Crossroads Church in Clifton, New Jersey, a Board Member of Legacy Minded Men Ministry, and as a member of the Network of Pastors of the Star of Hope Ministry in Paterson, NJ. Hector was Ordained as an Elder and assigned as a Minister of the North Atlantic Free Methodist Conference in the United States of America.
Hector C. Lora is married to Nicauris De Los Santos-Lora who is a registered public health nurse for the city of Clifton and together they are raising five boys.