September 17, 2021


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Categories: Special needs education

A voters’ information to Hudson County’s Board of Training elections

Education committee elections will be held in communities across Hudson County this year.


Education committee elections will be held in communities across Hudson County this year.

In addition to the state and local elections, Hudson County will hold a series of local education committee elections in November. Here’s a guide on who’s running and where:

Jersey city

Jersey City will have a major education committee election with three places open after a series of vacancies.

Chairman Mussab Ali and Trustees Marilyn Roman and Joan Terrell-Paige are vacating their seats at the end of their terms.

On the Education Matters list are Paula J. Jones, an adjunct professor at Hudson County Community College who has worked in Jersey City public schools; Younass Mohamed Barkouch, a college student; and Natalia Ioffe, who was the head of the parent council at PS16. The slate is supported by the Jersey City Education Association union, which previously supported candidates on the slate.

The Change For Children slate includes Erika Baez, a former PS26 PTA president who serves on the Jersey City Reopening Committee; Thyson T. Halley, an attorney for the deaf and special needs students; and Doris “Toni” Ervin, Associate Professor at the HCCC. The slate was sponsored by Fairer NJ, a super PAC affiliated with the LeFrak organization, a real estate developer.

The rest of the candidates are Afaf Muhammad, a Jersey City Democratic Organization committee member and mental health first aid instructor; and Vishesh modes. Asad Dar was on the unofficial list, but is no longer running.

The rest of Hudson County

In Hoboken, the trustees Ailene McGuirk, Malani Cademartori and Thomas Kluepfel are standing for re-election under the motto “Building Futures Together”. Patricia Waiters is the only challenger.

In Bayonne, the incumbent trustees Jodi Casias, Pam Sclafene and Melissa Godesky-Rodriguez are standing for re-election. Challengers include former trustee Charles Ryan, the youngest Bayonne High School graduate Petra Ghaly, Gina Irizarry and Nicole Gabriele.

Secaucus has 11 candidates fighting for the three seats. Many are parents who are frustrated with the board of directors. Acting trustees Joan Cali and Mary Eccles are seeking re-election, while trustee Barbara Stobert does not. Abigail Gonzalez, Ruby Kish and Leah Fanning-Farinola are on the Change We Need list. Other candidates include Bill Miller, Alexander de Hombre, Carry Chan, David Kraatz, Audry Yule, and Kelli D’Addetta.

In Guttenberg, the incumbent Vice President Rebecca Acosta, Trustee Maria Mattiace and Trustee Jean Sosnowski are running for three years. The only challenger is Gonzalo Perez.

In Kearny, the incumbent trustees Cecilia Lindenfelser and Bryan Granelli are standing for re-election. Newcomer Adeline Boyd is running for the third seat.

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