Faith leaders, current & former Jersey City BOE trustees, back ‘Education Matters’


Jersey City faith leaders, along with current and former board of education trustees, are vocalizing their support for the “Education Matters” team.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Rev. Tina Bland, the president of the Black Interest Team Enterprise, Rev. Dr. Rudolph Daniels, Sr., of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Jersey City, Ahmed Shadeed and Abid Islam, of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, mark the endorsements from the local faith communities.

“The JCBOE under the leadership of Sudhan Thomas have undertaken various initiatives to make the school district inclusive for all minority communities. Halal food which was a big requirement for our children is now available in all Jersey City schools,” Shadeed said in a statement.

Former Board President Bill DeRosa, along with other ex-trustees Angel Valentin, Peter Donnelly and Syed Imtiaz, joined the latest backing of Education Matters – as did current Trustees Marilyn Roman and Mussab Ali.

“The Education Matters team is a caring and hard working group, they are aware of our children’s needs and has and will raise the level of excellence for the youth of our city,” said Roman, who has run on previous incarnations of the Education Matters team.

“This validates our confidence in Sudhan Thomas, Gerald Lyons, Darwin Ona, Gina Verdibello and Lekendrick Shaw who are drawing support from across Jersey City across all demographic groups,” added campaign manager Mike Greco.

The Education Matters ticket is backed by the local teachers union and has support from Freeholder Bill O’Dea, Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera, and Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th and 13 candidates are seeking five seats on the board.

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