A former Jersey City Board of Education president, a candidate seeking the Jersey City Ward E Council seat and a local Muslim leader have endorsed incumbents Nick Chiaravalloti and Angela McKnight in the 31st Legislative District Assembly race.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œAs a proven supporter of Public Education and a leader in the special needs and Autism community I stand by Nicholas Chiaravalloti,” Sue Mack, who serves on the Jersey City BOE for nearly two decades, said in a statement.
“This is an important primary election; when all the rhetoric is behind us what we all need are friends, advocates, and leaders who will work tirelessly to represent us and champion public education, and I know that just as I have been that person for many, Nicholas will be as well.
Mack added that she was also “impressed” with McKnight being an advocate for the Autism community.
Chiaravalloti and McKnight, who are again running on the Hudson County Democratic Organization line, have seen various members of the party reiterate their support as Election Day looms tomorrow.
Along those lines, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop have made it clear that they are supporting the incumbent team.
They face challengers in veteran Jersey City Education Association operative Kristen Zadroga Hart and Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Christopher Munoz.
â€œWe need progressive and inclusive leadership in Trenton, and our community feels that McKnight and Chiaravalloti best represent the ideals and aspirations we have for a safe, inclusive and progressive Jersey City and Bayonne,â€ said Michael â€œBillyâ€ Bisogno, a Ward E council candidate.
“I look forward to continuing to work with them in Trenton to move our grassroots agenda forward.â€
Ahmed Shedeed, the president of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, said Chiaravalloti and McKnight’s first term has exhibited “tested and sound leadership.”
â€œI call upon the Arab Islamic community and all disadvantaged minority communities to join us in this broad coalition to support reelection of Nicholas and Angela who have served as our champions,â€ he said.
â€œDuring this holy month of Ramadan and keeping in mind the events nationally and globally, it is important for us to send tested, sound leadership to Trenton.â€
In a joint statement, Chiaravalloti and McKnight were of course happy to accept the support.
â€œIt is absolutely inspiring to see such a diverse and impactful group of leaders stand together to endorse our campaign today, and we plan to take this momentum to the Primary tomorrow and all the way to the Statehouse where we will continue to be the progressive representatives our communities need,â€ they said.
The polls are open from 6 a.m. through 8 p.m. tomorrow, highlighted by the gubernatorial race where each party will elect a nominee for the general election on November 7th.