Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise has announced that she will be resigning from her seat on the Jersey City Board of Education on February 1st to focus more time on building the local party.Â
â€œAs a teacher and an activist, serving on the Jersey City School Board has been one of the most fulfilling roles I have ever had and I will miss it tremendously,â€ DeGise said in a statement.
â€œIâ€™ll never stop being an advocate for Jersey City schools and students, but at this point I believe the district would be better served by a new trustee while I work to build on the success our Hudson County Democratic Organization had last year. My focus will be on developing new ways for Hudson residents to get involved in our party through caucuses and committees, with a goal of harnessing the unprecedented levels of activism and civic engagement weâ€™re seeing into meaningful progressive change.â€
DeGise was first appointed to the volunteer position in January 2017 and then was elected with ease, scoring the most votes of anyone on the ballot, that November.
Her term expires next year and will be filled at a special Jersey City BOE meeting on February 7th after vetting interested candidates, according to Board President Sudhan Thomas, who praised DeGise’s service on the governing body.
“Trustee DeGise will be sorely missed on the Board. She brought on a unique perspective as the only current classroom teacher on the Board along with her youth and energy. Amy’s work as the HCDO chair has been inspiring to women, millennials and the like,” he told HCV.
“I am disappointed with her departure, but I am enthused that the HCDO will be further strengthened by her renewed focus. It takes true leadership and character to be able to make decisions like these which are not easy and we are very proud of Amy and wish her the best in her public and private life.”
DeGise was elected HCDO chair in June, scoring an upset over state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack.