Jersey City Ward A Councilwoman Ridley endorses ‘Education Matters’ BOE slate


Jersey City Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley is endorsing the “Education Matters” team in the non-partisan November 7th board of education race.

From left to right: Jersey City Board of Education candidates Dr. George Blount, Alpha Patel, and Dejon Morris. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Education is a top priority in any city. This election cycle, we have the opportunity to elect members to our school board that not only have the skill set to serve, but compassion for our children,” Ridley began in a statement.

“That’s why I support Ward A resident Detective Dejon Morris, educator George Blount, and community advocate Alpa Patel. On November 7th, please come out and vote for all three Education Matters (3,4,5 D) candidates to help move our school district forward.”

Ridley joins Hudson County Commissioner Bill O’Dea (D-2) and County Register Jeff Dublin in backing the BOE slate supported by the Jersey City Education Association.

They are seeking three, three-year terms in a field of nine candidates, which also includes the “Children First” team consisting of Trustees Gina Verdibello and Lorenzo Richardson, as well as activist Monique Andrews.

They were just endorsed by former Trustee Marilyn Roman, who is also a former acting mayor in Jersey City.

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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