Jersey City Board of Education Trustees Amy DeGise, Gerald Lyons and Lorenzo Richardson will seek re-election together as six candidates vie for three, three-year terms on the board, while three more candidates will battle for a one-year term.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
DeGise, the daughter of Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, was appointed to the board in January following the departure of Trustee John Reichart and will now be seeking three more years as a trustee.
Meanwhile, Lyons and Richardson were elected to the board as part of the Jersey City Education Association-backed ticket, known as Education Matters, back in November 2014.
Their running mate at the time, Joel Torres, the current president of the board, is running for District 4 freeholder in the November 7th general election – meaning his seat is up for grabs as well.
As only Hudson County View reported, the trio of DeGise, Lyons and Richardson announced they would be running together last week.
Challenging for three-year terms are newcomers Yousef Saleh and Chantel Goodwin, as well as Matthew Schapiro: who ran on the Jersey City United ticket last year, coming up short but still performing well in a competitive race.
Meanwhile, Mussab Ali, who also ran unsuccessfully in 2016 and announced his candidacy last week, activist Demetrius Terry (who also previously announced his intentions to run) and financial consultant David Miranda are vying for a one-year term.
“I’m very proud to be seeking a seat on the Jersey City Board of Education as I bring forth a unique perspective. Thus far, I am one of the only candidates who wants to bridge the gap and ensure every child in Jersey City receives a top notch quality education,” said Terry.
“I believe it’s crucial there is a roundtable discussion between traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools. It’s time to get rid of the politics on the board and put our children first.”
Miranda, another first time candidate, also expressed excitement about his candidacy.
“I am excited and happy to announce that I will be running for Jersey City Board of Education this November. Children’s Education is a very important topic to me – something which is very close and dear to my heart,” Miranda said in an email.
“My campaign will focus and bring to the board something which is lacking right now and the methodology which I call, ‘ACT’. I will strive to bring Accountability, Credibility, and Transparency to the Board of Education.”
The Jersey City BOE race coincides with the local municipal elections on November 7th.