The “Together We Can” Bayonne Board of Education slate swept the election, besting six other candidates that included one other incumbent trustee.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The team of Board President Maria Valado, Vice President Christopher Munoz, and David “Doc” Watson won easily, all securing at least 15 percent of the vote, according to early tallies from the Hudson County Clerk’s Office.
Valado led the field with 8,134 votes cast in her favor, or 16.92 percent. They were each elected to serve three-year terms.
They had the backing of Mayor Jimmy Davis and the city council, which has typically meant at least two candidates from the team will win based on recent memory.
Trustee Michael Alonso ran with fellow Bayonne Republicans Michael Shatravka and Charles Shepard under the “Make Bayonne Great Again” banner, but failed to catch the same red wave that he did in 2017 – one year after President Donald Trump (R) was elected.
The race was rounded out with former Trustee Charles Ryan running with newcomer Andrew Kim and Denis Wilbeck, Jr., the son of current Trustee Denis Wilbeck, Sr. Their team slogan was “Responsibility, Integrity & Care.”