‘Education Matters’ Jersey City BOE team bests ‘Change for Children’ in head-to-head contest

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The “Education Matters Jersey City Board of Education team, backed by the local teachers union, bested the “Change for Children” slate in a head-to-head contest after splitting five board seats three to two in the incumbent’s favor last year.

The “Education Matters” Jersey City Board of Education slate: from left to right: Board Vice President Gina Verdibello, President Lorenzo Richardson, and Trustee Lekendrick Shaw. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Board President Lorenzo Richardson, Vice President Gina Verdibello, and Trustee Lekendrick Shaw all secured at least 18 percent of the vote, based on early tallies form the Hudson County Clerk’s Office.

Richardson led the way with 21.28 percent, or 28,421, votes. Verdibello and Shaw were elected to one-year terms last year and now all three trustees were elected to another three years.

Verdibello and Shaw went to the winners circle with running mate Gerald Lyons, another board trustee, in 2019, while Alexander Hamilton and Noemi Velazquez were victorious for Change for Children.

This year was a far cry from 2019, where the school board race was deemed the most expensive in state history by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC).

While it was a much tamer affair this time around, the Jersey City Education Association has endorsed seven of the nine trustees that will be sitting on the board in 2021.

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