Jersey City Councilwoman Osborne endorses Matt Schapiro in BOE race


Jersey City Ward E Councilwoman Candice Osborne has endorsed Matt Schapiro, of the Jersey City United team, for the pivotal November 8 Board of Education race. Candice Osborne

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“While I have stayed out of many recent local elections, I have known Matt and his family for years and he stands out for me as someone who will be an asset to the Board,” Osborne said in an email sent out to subscribers on Monday (which was forwarded to Hudson County View).

“A communications professional, Matthew is running with two other candidates on the Jersey City United ticket, along with Asmaa and Luis. They are campaigning for an inclusive school district that respects to all faiths, improves safety for students and will modernize communications between the schools and families.”

The councilwoman also wrote that Schapiro and his family live in Hamilton Park and “since his first child was born he has been working to improve the Jersey City Public school system.”

She did not endorse any other candidate in the race.

Osborne is the most high-profile endorsement Schapiro and/or Jersey City United has received to date, with the team receiving the support of local Muslim community leader Ahmed Shedeed last month.

Fellow Jersey City council members Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera and John Hallanan, as well as Mayor Steven Fulop, have endorsed the Education Matters ticket – who also have the backing of many key local unions (including the Jersey City Education Association).

In what looks to be a hotly contested affair at the polls, 10 candidates are seeking three, three-year terms on the Jersey City BOE and Election Day is November 8.

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  1. Communications professional? How about stay-at-home dad…. The man hasn’t worked in 15 years. Nothing wrong with that but be straight with us. Can Matthew name us three clients he’s had over the last year?