Jersey City Para-Professional Association backing ‘Children First’ BOE slate


The Jersey City Para-Professional Association is backing the “Children First” board of education slate in the non-partisan November 7th race.

The “Children First” Jersey City Board of Education team. From left to right: Trustees Gina Verdibello and Lorenzo Richardson, along with their running mate Monique Andrews.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“On behalf of the 400 members of the Jersey City Para-Professional Association, we endorse the Children First Team for the Jersey City Board of Education,” JCPPA President Keith Olkewicz said in a statement.

“On November 7th vote Lorenzo Richardson 7D, Gina Verdibello 8D and Monique K. Andrews 9D. We trust them to do the best job for our children. They are the only team that puts children first.”

The development is an intriguing one for the nine-person contest where three, three-year terms are up for grabs, given that the “Education Matters” team consisting of Det. Dejon Morris, Dr. George Blount, and Alpa Patel, is backed by the Jersey City Education Association.

Education Matters has also been endorsed by Hudson County Commissioner Bill O’Dea (D-2), County Register Jeff Dublin, and Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley.

As for Children First, they also have support from former Board President Gerald Lyons and ex-Trustee Marilyn Roman, who is also a former acting mayor.

Additionally, Renes Cruz, who was unceremoniously removed from the Education Matters team after failing to submit 10 valid signatures on the first try, “Sam” Sumit Salia, and Janette Scafidi are each running as independents.

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