Veteran Jersey City educator Dr. Michael Winds has been tapped to run for councilman-at-large on mayoral challenger Bill Matsikoudis’ ticket.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We recognize that youth in our City face great obstacles, and we know that a helping a hand can change the trajectory of young personâ€™s life in a positive direction,” Matsikoudis said in a statement.
“An avid golfer, Dr. Winds brought the sport to the students of Lincoln High School and, together, we will work to offer all of Jersey Cityâ€™s youth diverse recreational opportunities that expand their horizons. In coordination with the Board of Education, we will work to ensure that ALL of our Cityâ€™s children have after-school and summer recreational opportunities.”
Winds, a classroom teacher for over 15 years, served as the Principal of Abraham Lincoln High School and is currently the Director of the Division â€œAâ€ schools for the Jersey City Board of Education.
He has received a number of accolades in Jersey City, including receiving the Dr. Charles Epps Sr. Educatorâ€™s Appreciation Award and being the Grand Marshall of African American Freedom Parade.
Matsikoudis previously announced former vice chair of the Jersey City Democratic Organization Esmeralda Trinidad as the first council-at-large candidate for his team.
He has also added running mates Rick Johnson in Ward A, Ward B Councilman Chris Gadsden, City Puerto Rican Parade Committee President Carmen Vega in Ward D, attorney Jake Hudnut in Ward E and U.S. Army veteran Yolanda Dortch-Amiker in Ward F.