Munoz, Alonso, Valado win Bayonne Board of Ed race
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BAYONNE – The Bayonne Board of Education will have two new faces in Michael Alonso and Maria Valado, while incumbent Trustee Christopher Munoz kept his seat with the most overall votes in the November 7 election, according to unofficial results from the Hudson County Clerk. Each seat carries a three-year term.

Munoz ran for state assembly last June in the Democratic primary, losing to incumbent Nicholas Chiaravalloti. He won his trustee seat in 2014 when Bayonne held its first BBOED election in decades after a referendum ended the former system of mayor-appointed trustees.

After studying at NJCU, Munoz taught AP courses in history and government in the Hoboken public school system. As a trustee, he chairs committees on arts and athletics, and sits on another for superintendent search and evaluation.

Maria Valado, chair of the Bayonne Planning Board who ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 BBOED race, has 23 years of experience as a teacher, holds a master’s degree in urban education, and currently teaches elementary school in the Newark School District. A frequent BBOED meeting attendee, she has called for better public engagement at meetings and emphasizes raising teacher morale, which includes a fair union contract.

Michael Alonso, a Republican who simultaneously ran in and lost the 31st District Assembly race, is known in Bayonne for filing a notification to recall Mayor James Davis, advocating for marijuana legalization, and protesting a proposed mosque on the city’s East Side.

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