Former Bayonne Assemblyman and mayoral challenger Jason O’Donnell has added veteran local educator Dan Ward to his council slate.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œIâ€™ve known Jason Oâ€™Donnell for years and I am looking forward to running on his ticket for an at-large council seat,â€ said Ward.
â€œI watched Jason stand against Chris Christie and members of his own party on behalf of teachers, police and fire fighters and then fight Christieâ€™s cuts to education funding and critical cuts for womenâ€™s health, and I saw the consequences he faced as a result.”
Ward added that he’s confident O’Donnell will be “fearless” when dealing with city issues such as “30-year tax breaks for wealth developers.”
â€œI am proud to run on the same ticket with Dan Ward. Dan is a huge part of the foundation of our community and his dedication to all of our friends and neighbors in Bayonne is unmatched,” added O’Donnell.
“He has spent decades trying to enrich the lives of so many with his work in our school system and volunteering his time in our community and we are both anxious to begin the fight to get Bayonne back on track.â€
In 2016, Ward,Â a life-long resident of Bayonne, has worked as a public school educator for the past 26 year and is currently the Director of Social Studies and Library/Media Services for the localÂ board of education.
Additionally, he was named Irish-American Educator of the Year by the Irish American League and has served on Hudson County Community Collegeâ€™s Academic Advisory Board and has been a member of the Anthony K. Podbielski Memorial Essay Committee.
Dan and his wife, Caroline Ulivella, also an educator, have two sons they are also raising in Bayonneâ€™s public schools.
A long rumored challenger to Mayor Jimmy Davis, O’Donnell made it official at his campaign kickoff at the Knights of Columbus last month.