With a crowded field of 18 seeking five seats in the upcoming Bayonne Board of Education election, Mayor Jimmy Davis has endorsed Denis Wilbeck for a one-year term on the board.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“As a Bayonne resident and former educator, Denis understands the unique needs of our community,” Davis said in a statement. “He’ll be a needed and powerful voice for the children of Bayonne on the board of education.”
Wilbeck, a military veteran, is a retired Bayonne teacher. Between Newark and Bayonne, he spent 26 years as an educator.
Possessing both a B.A. and M.A. from Jersey City University, Wilbeck is also a former commissioner for the Bayonne Rent Control Board – as well as an ex-president of the Hudson County Umpires Association and remains an active college sports official.
“I’ve dedicated my life to public education,” Wilbeck said in a prepared statement. “Mayor Davis’ endorsement is an honor, and if elected, I look forward to working with him to provide our children with a world class education.”
Wilbeck is running with the team “Kids First” team of Chris Piechocki, a current board member, as well Nancy Solis and Barry Kushnir – who are all running for a three-year term.
Dr. Thomas Howard, who is seeking a two-year term, rounds out the five-person Kids First slate, all of which participated in the Rotary Club’s public forum last week.
The Bayonne Board of Education election takes place on November 3.