The Bayonne Board of Education race will feature nine candidates this year, including three incumbents, with one team including the board president and vice president and another headed by controversial Trustee Michael Alonso.
By Corey McDonald/Hudson County View
Trustees Maria Valado and Christopher Munoz, the board president and vice president, respectively, are both seeking another term.
Munoz was one of the first trustees that was elected to the board rather than appointed by the mayor. He was first elected in 2015.
Valado, meanwhile, was first elected in 2017 and now faces her first re-election bid.
Both candidates are running under the “Together We Can” slate, along with newcomer David Watson. Together We Can is the group that has typically been endorsed by Mayor Jimmy Davis and the city council.
Also running for election is Denis Wilbeck Jr., the son of the board’s former vice president Denis Wilbeck, Sr.
Wilbeck, Sr. began another three-year term in January. He has been on the board since 2016.
His son is running on the “Responsibility, Integrity & Care” ticket with first time candidate Andrew Kim.
Alonso, who was engulfed in controversy after posting “divisive” Facebook posts about the George Floyd Protests, is seeking another term after winning as an independent in 2017.
While the race is non-partisan, Alonso, along with Bayonne Republicans Michael Shatravka and Charles Shepard, will be running under the “Make Bayonne Great Again” banner.
Finally, former Trustee Charles Ryan, a retired police officer, is throwing his hat in the ring again and is currently running by himself, according to filings with the Hudson County Clerk’s Office.
The election will be held on November 3rd and, for now, it remains up in the air how heavily vote-by-mail will be utilized – as it was in the July 7th primary – due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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