Several local, non-local officials back Education Matters Jersey City BOE slate


Two Hudson County officials, as well as three electeds from outside the county, are backing the Education Matters slate in the Jersey City Board of Education race. 

The Education Matters ticket running for the Jersey City Board of Education. From left to right: Trustee Mussab Ali, candidate Joan Terrell-Paige and Trustee Marilyn Roman. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), as well as Jersey City Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano joined the endorsement, as did Passaic County Freeholder Assad Akhter and Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah.

The slate consists of Trustees Mussab Ali and Marilyn Roman, along with newcomer Joan Terrell-Paige. The two incumbents also received the nod from the Hudson County Building and Trades Council.

Additionally, state Senator (D-11) Vin Gopal threw his support behind Ali.

“We are proud to endorse, Marilyn Roman, Mussab Ali of the Education matters team. With the return to local control the Education matters team is uniquely positioned to advance a work force preparedness education curriculum agenda,” said HCBTC President Pat Kelleher.

“They will help create curriculums that will impact student achievement and help our Jersey City public school students to enter the work force and importantly for union jobs.”

The labor union is also supporting the other trustee in the eight-person race, Vidya Gangadin.

Some of the endorsement were a given, since Gopal recently did a fundraiser for Ali and Akter swore in the young trustee last year.

This round of endorsements comes after Jersey City Council members Rolando Lavarro, Mira Prinz-Arey and James Solomon endorsed the “Preparation, Community, Sustainability” team of Gangadin, Neil Abadie and Dominique Smith, the only full ticket challenging Education Matters.

Although initially touted as backing the Education Matters ticket in a press release, Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2), he told Hudson County View that he was also backing a split ticket of Ali, Roman and Gangadin.

Jersey City voters can elect three candidates to three-year terms on the BOE on November 6th.


Editor’s Note: This story was updated with new information. 

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