CELESTE FERNANDEZ FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Celeste Fernandez came to the United States with nothing but work ethic and determination. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Celeste came to the U.S. seeking the American Dream, and now she is living it. As the current owner and operator of Fernandez Services, LLC in Pleasantville and a founding member of Main Street Small Business, LLC, Celeste not only understands the importance of making payroll and providing proper health benefits, but also the struggles of the small business community as a whole. Additionally, she is a former employee of UNITE-HERE Health (Local 54's benefit office), where she gained extensive experience working in the casino and restaurant industries and advocating for the rights of casino workers, women, and minorities. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Celeste has been helping Atlantic County families and small businesses through food distributions and helping small business owners navigate the PPP process. She has been, and continues to be, a staunch advocate for those in our community that feel they don't have a voice in education, economic and social issues. In her free time, Celeste volunteers for various non-profit organizations, helping residents to become legal citizens and assimilate in our society. Celeste is committed to protecting the health, safety, welfare and quality of life for everyone who lives and works in Atlantic County. A parishioner of New Life Church in Egg Harbor Township and a board member of the Atlantic County Cultural & Heritage Affairs, and the Hispanic Association of Atlantic County, Celeste is the proud mother of three and has five grandchildren.