While independent candidate Gina Verdibello performed admirably at the polls, the Jersey City Education Association-endorsed “Education Matters” team pulled off a clean sweep in the city’s board of education race.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
In what was a generally tepid affair compared to last year’s barnburner of a race, newcomer John Reichart will join Jersey City BOE President Vidya Gangadin and Board Vice President Marilyn Roman on the nine-person governing body.
Verdibello, who also came up short in last year’s election, proved to be a game opponent by pulling over 5,000 votes when going against a team that was endorsed by the teacher’s union, Mayor Steven Fulop and various other city officials.
She ended up losing by less than five percent of the vote, though was still nearly 1,000 votes short of defeating the third place finisher, Gangadin.
Verdibello had Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano and ex-Assemblyman Sean Connors supporting her candidacy this time around.