As expected, JCEA endorses ‘Education Matters’ Jersey City BOE slate


In what has become standard procedure in recent years, the Jersey City Education Association endorsed the “Education Matters” slate in the local board of education race.

The Education Matters Board of Education slate, from left to right: Trustee Noemi Velazquez, Afaf Muhammad, and Christopher Tisdale. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“On behalf of the nearly 4,000 Jersey City Public School educators and school support staff, I am pleased to announce our endorsement of the Education Matters team,” JCEA PAC Chair Mike Greco said in a statement.

“These candidates have the proven track record of experience, commitment, and vision needed to continue to move our district in the right direction and we will be committed to putting in the work to make sure they will have the opportunity to do so.”

Greco added that the JCEA PAC decided on the endorsement based on the track record and voting record of Trustee Noemi Velazquez, the advocacy of Afaf Muhammed in her community, and Chris Tisdale’s vast knowledge of issues involving public education and his vision to implement these key ideas in the district.

The JCEA has endorsed many variations of the Education Matters team over the past decade or so and have had great success in recent years: winning nine out of 11 seats up for grabs in the past three years, sweeping in 2020 and 2021.

Velazquez ran with the “Change for Children” team during her successful bid for a board seat in 2019.

One of her former running mates, Trustee Alexander Hamilton, is now running alongside Doris Toni Ervin, who came in a distance fourth place last year, and first time candidate Kenny Reyes on this year’s version of the Change for Children ticket.

Isnel Sanon and Ahsan Nawaz are also running as independents in the non-partisan November 8th elections, where three, three-year terms will be decided by the voters.

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