Amy DeGise resigns from Jersey City school board

Amy DeGise plans to leave the Jersey City Board of Education effective Feb. 1.
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Amy DeGise plans to leave the Jersey City Board of Education effective Feb. 1.

In a move that may be a prelude to her running for mayor of Jersey City in 2021, Amy DeGise announced that she will step down from her position as trustee on the Jersey City Board of Education.

DeGise said she would step down from the board on Feb. 1 to focus her attention on her role as chair of the Hudson County Democratic Organization, to which she was appointed last June.

She said she wants to devote more time to successful efforts to build the party, while assuring that her replacement would allow the students of Jersey City to be represented by a board trustee whose full attention can be given to the challenges facing the district.

The move comes after Chairwoman DeGise and the HCDO delivered a massive turnout in the November election, helping propel U.S. Senator Bob Menendez to victory with an 85,000 vote plurality.

Many believe DeGise’s move will be a prelude to an attempt to unseat Mayor Steven Fulop in the 2021 election.

“As a teacher and an activist, serving on the Jersey City School Board has been one of the most fulfilling roles I have ever had, and I will miss it tremendously,” said Chairwoman DeGise. “I’ll never stop being an advocate for Jersey City schools and students, but at this point I believe the district would be better served by a new trustee while I work to build on the success our Hudson County Democratic Organization had last year. My focus will be on developing new ways for Hudson residents to get involved in our party through caucuses and committees, with a goal of harnessing the unprecedented levels of activism and civic engagement we’re seeing into meaningful progressive change.”

DeGise was first appointed to an open seat on the school board in January 2017. She received the most votes of any candidate in that year’s November election, winning a full term on the board that expires next year.

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