The November 3 general election will decide six Hoboken Council seats, five spots on the Bayonne Board of Education and three seats on the West New York Board of Education and the last day to register to vote is tomorrow.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The West New York, as well as the Hoboken Clerk’s Office, are advertising that they will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. tomorrow to register voters for the November 3 general election, with similar hours expected at clerk’s office’s throughout the county.
While the race has been largely uncontested up to this point, seven candidates (one has dropped out) are seeking to fill three, three-year terms on the West New York Board of Education.
Last week, the “Children First” team of Lorena Portillo, an incumbent, Jonathan Castaneda and Almer Martins-Casadiego was unveiled. Last year’s incarnation of the team was endorsed by Mayor Felix Roque and pulled off a clean sweep at the polls.
In the Bayonne Board of Education, a whopping 18 candidates are vying to fill five seats on the board. After over three decades of an appointed board, the Bayonne Council approved a resolution allowing residents to decide if they would prefer an elected school board.
The ballot question was approved, which lead to a crowded field this year. Mayor Jimmy Davis has endorsed retired longtime educator Denis Wilbeck in the race, who is a part of the “Kids First” slate.
However, the mostly hotly-contested elections will arguably take place in Hoboken, as Council seats in Ward 1 through 6 are up for grabs.
Earlier this month, voters had the opportunity to see what the majority of the candidates running in the 2nd, 5th and 6th Wards had to offer at the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition debate.
Voters in the Mile Square City will also decide on the three candidates (seven are on the ballot) elected to the board of education, where charter schools and budgetary matters are hot button issues.
Additionally, the Secaucus and Guttenberg Boards of Education have elections set for November 3, though the Guttenberg race will not be contested.