The chairman of the Jersey City Democratic Organization stated that he will be serving as the “co-campaign manager” of the Jersey City Education Association’s board of education ticket.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Given the vision and commitment of the JCEA-endorsed candidates, I am humbled to serve as Co-Campaign Manager with Kristen Zadroga Hart for this impressive slate of candidates for Jersey City Board of Education,” Shawn “Sully” Thomas-Sullivan wrote on Facebook on Friday.
“As the Chairman of the Jersey City Democratic Organization, it is my responsibility to do everything in my lawful power to fight for the futures of Jersey City school children.”
Sullivan-Thomas’ announcement came just hours after Mayor Steven Fulop endorsed the JCEA-backed “Education Matters” ticket, which consists of Sudhan Thomas, Gina Verdibello and Angel Valentin.
The JCDO chair’s full time gig is as the director of the division of neighborhood improvement districts, which falls under the Jersey City Department of Public Works.
When asked to elaborate on how he will assist the ticket of Thomas, Verdibello and Valentin, Thomas-Sullivan said via text message that “I will assist the JCEA slate in articulating its vision to improve the futures of Jersey City school children and communication that message to the voters of this city.”
“I will also liaise with campaign volunteers and supporters through the city to ensure high voter turnout in every ward.”
With the full support of the local Democratic party and teachers’ union, the Education Matters team has a clear cut advantage heading into a November 8 election where 11 candidates are seeking three, three-year terms on the board.
Muhammed Akil, a former disgraced chief of staff to Fulop who currently serves as the executive director of the Newark-based Parent Coalition for Excellent Education, is still working on a three-person slate to oppose the JCEA ticket, sources again told Hudson County View this afternoon.