Mayor Davis and the city council endorse ‘Together We Can’ slate

BOE ticket includes President Valado, Vice President Munoz, and "Doc" Watson

Mayor Davis and the 'Together We Can' slate
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Mayor Davis and the 'Together We Can' slate

Mayor Jimmy Davis and the entire Bayonne City Council have endorsed the Together We Can Ticket for Bayonne Board of Education.

Unanimous support

“I am supporting the Together We Can Ticket of Maria Valado 7I, Dave “Doc” Watson 8I, and Chris Munoz 9I, and I urge all residents to join me in voting for them,” said Mayor Jimmy Davis. “As Mayor, I need a school board that is independent but also understands the need to partner with the city.

“They have no conflicts or personal agendas,” Council President and Council Member At-Large Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski said. “As parents, they are passionate about the quality of our public schools. They are the best choice for our community.”

“Bayonne is making progress, but we need leaders at the Board of Education who will continue the change and make our schools the best in the state,” said Council Member At-Large Juan Perez.

“I am excited to support the Together We Can Team and will do whatever I can to help them,” said 2nd Ward Council Member Sal Gullace.

“These three candidates have the experience and commitment to get things done,” said 3rd Ward Council Member Gary La Pelusa, Sr. “A lot of progress has been made, but there is a lot more work to do. We need members on the Board who will protect the taxpayers of Bayonne.”

“I am happy to endorse the Together We Can Team for the Bayonne Board of Education,” said 1st Ward Council Member Neil Carroll III. “As an educator and a Councilman, I have witnessed firsthand the value of the school board working with the City. The Together We Can Ticket understands the value of teamwork and will continue to put our schools first.”

“This is an important election for the City of Bayonne, Davis added. “Maria and Chris have proven their ability to get the job done, and Doc Watson will be a fantastic addition.”

Three-way competition

Running against the “Together We Can” slate is “Make Bayonne Great,” led by Trustee Michael Alonso. Alongside Alonso are former BOE candidate Charles Shepard and local media producer Michael Shatravka.

Another slate running under the slogan “Responsibility, Integrity, and Care” includes newcomers Denis Wilbeck Jr., son of current Trustee Wilbeck, Andrew Kim, and former Trustee Charles Ryan, who narrowly lost re-election to the board in 2019.

Mail-in ballots have been sent to all New Jersey residents as part Gov. Phil Murphy’s vote-by-mail order. Under the order, each county’s elections officials will send VBM ballots with prepaid postage to all registered voters.

Ballots should arrive the first or second week of October.

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