Veteran Jersey City educator tapped to run for council on Matsikoudis ticket

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Veteran Jersey City educator Dr. Michael Winds has been tapped to run for councilman-at-large on mayoral challenger Bill Matsikoudis’ ticket.

Dr. Michael Winds will be running for councilman-at-large on Bill Matsikoudis' ticket in the November 7th municipal elections in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of the Matsikoudis campaign.
Dr. Michael Winds will be running for councilman-at-large on Bill Matsikoudis’ ticket in the November 7th municipal elections in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of the Matsikoudis campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We recognize that youth in our City face great obstacles, and we know that a helping a hand can change the trajectory of young person’s life in a positive direction,” Matsikoudis said in a statement.

“An avid golfer, Dr. Winds brought the sport to the students of Lincoln High School and, together, we will work to offer all of Jersey City’s youth diverse recreational opportunities that expand their horizons. In coordination with the Board of Education, we will work to ensure that ALL of our City’s children have after-school and summer recreational opportunities.”

Winds, a classroom teacher for over 15 years, served as the Principal of Abraham Lincoln High School and is currently the Director of the Division “A” schools for the Jersey City Board of Education.

He has received a number of accolades in Jersey City, including receiving the Dr. Charles Epps Sr. Educator’s Appreciation Award and being the Grand Marshall of African American Freedom Parade.

Matsikoudis previously announced former vice chair of the Jersey City Democratic Organization Esmeralda Trinidad as the first council-at-large candidate for his team.

He has also added running mates Rick Johnson in Ward A, Ward B Councilman Chris Gadsden, City Puerto Rican Parade Committee President Carmen Vega in Ward D, attorney Jake Hudnut in Ward E and U.S. Army veteran Yolanda Dortch-Amiker in Ward F.