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A voters’ guide to Hudson County’s Board of Education elections

Board of Education elections are taking place in municipalities across Hudson County this year.

In addition to state and local elections, Hudson County will have a number of municipal Board of Education elections in November. Here is a guide to who’s running and where:

Jersey City

Jersey City will have a significant Board of Education election, with three spots open following a number of vacancies.

Board President Mussab Ali, and trustees Marilyn Roman and Joan Terrell-Paige are vacating their seats at the end of their terms.

Running on the “Education Matters” slate 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 a parent council leader at P.S.16. The slate is backed by the Jersey City Education Association union, which has previously endorsed candidates on the slate.

The “Change For Children” slate includes Erika Baez, a former PTA President of P.S. 26 who serves on the Jersey City Reopening Committe; Thyson T. Halley, an advocate for those who are deaf and students with special needs; and Doris “Toni” Ervin, an adjunct professor at HCCC. The slate was  backed by in 2019 by Fairer NJ, a super PAC that is tied to the LeFrak Organization, a property developer.

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

The rest of Hudson County

In Hoboken, trustee incumbents Ailene McGuirk, Malani Cademartori and Thomas Kluepfel are running for reelection under the “Building Futures Together” slogan. Patricia Waiters is the only challenger.

In Bayonne, incumbent Trustees Jodi Casias, Pam Sclafane, and Melissa Godesky-Rodriguez are seeking reelection. Challengers include former trustee Charles Ryan, recent Bayonne High School graduate Petra Ghaly, Gina Irizarry, and Nicole Gabriele.

Secaucus has 11 candidates vying for the three seats. Many are parents frustrated with the board. Incumbent trustees Joan Cali and Mary Eccles seek re-election, while Trustee Barbara Stobert is not. Running on the “Change We Need” slate are Abigail Gonzalez, Ruby Kish, and Leah Fanning-Farinola. Other candidates include Bill Miller, Alexander de Hombre, Carry Chan, David Kraatz, Audry Yule, and Kelli D’Addetta.

In Guttenberg, incumbents, Vice President Rebecca Acosta, Trustee Maria Mattiace, and Trustee Jean Sosnowski, are running for three-year terms. The only challenger is Gonzalo Perez.

In Kearny, incumbent Trustees Cecilia Lindenfelser and Bryan Granelli are seeking reelection. Newcomer Adeline Boyd is running for the third seat.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. Mark Koosau can be reached at mkoosau@hudsonreporter.com or his Twitter @snivyTsutarja.

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