Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis has formally endorsed two more board of education candidates: Chris Piechocki and Barry Kushnir, both of whom are running for three-year terms on the board.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œChris and Barry will bring new energy, ideas and leadership to the board of education,â€ Davis said in a statement. â€œTheir respective life experiences, education, and service to community make them well-suited to take the board in a different direction.â€
Piechocki is a real estate professional who currently works with Wiechert Realtors.
He previously worked for the Jersey City Board of Education for 13 years, where he served as a special education teacher at Dr. Paul Rafalides Public School No. 33.
Piechocki, a current board member, holds a B.A. and M.A. from New Jersey City University. He was also born and raised in Bayonne.
â€œI want to help restore the pride that residents once felt for our local school system,â€ Piechocki said in a prepared statement. â€œIâ€™m also doing this for my children and the rest of the children in this great city.â€
He also said he plans on being an advocate for special education and teachers.
Kushnir, a candidate seeking office for the first time, is a maintenance grievance chairman for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 194.
He has also served as a trustee and legislative coordinator for the Hudson County Central Labor Council, a former aide to former Freeholder Doreen DiDomenico, as well as a trustee for both the Urban League of Hudson County and the Hudson County Housing Resource Center.
Additionally, Kushnir holds a B.A. and Masters of Labor Employment Relations from Rutgers University.
â€œThis is an exciting opportunity for me to step-up and serve a community that has given me and my family so much,â€ Kushnir said in the same statement.
â€œIâ€™m grateful for Mayor Davisâ€™ endorsement and I look forward to working with him.â€
The Bayonne Board of Education election will be held on Tuesday, November 3.