Bayonne City Council President and mayoral candidate Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski has announced two running mates on her council slate for the upcoming May 10 municipal election.
Running for City Council member At-Large are Board of Education Trustee Jodi Casais and Police Athletic League (PAL) Executive Director “KT” Kim Torello. The mayor and all five council seats, including one for each ward and two at-large seats, are up for grabs in May.
“I’m proud to announce Jodi Casais and KT Torello as my at-large running mates in the upcoming election, two individuals who have put service to Bayonne above themselves at every turn,” said Ashe-Nadrowski. “Both Jodi and KT have shown proven dedication to our community, a passion for making positive changes, and the ability to get things done. They know that City Hall needs a change, and the people of Bayonne need a voice in the room and a seat at the table once again.”
Board of Education Trustee Jodi Casais
Prior to her time on the school board, Casais advocated for a more fair teachers contract and supported the creation of an elected school board. In 2018, she decided to run for a seat on the board, seeking to be “a voice for the people.” After being elected, Casais helped to deliver more fair contracts as a member of the school district’s negotiating committee for all labor agreements.
Outside of her role with the board, Casais has been speaking out publicly regarding the affordability of Bayonne’s public water system, criticizing rising water bills and “erratic” billing practices. Overall, she has become increasingly concerned that the city administration has stopped listening to the people of Bayonne, and as a candidate, her goal is to be a voice for all people and “bring the accountability” back to City Hall.
“Having known and worked with Sharon for some time, I’m proud to join her team,” said Casais. “She knows the residents of Bayonne are done expecting more but receiving less from local leadership. It’s time we roll up our sleeves and get the job done for our neighbors and our community.”
PAL Executive Director “KT” Torello
Torello, the current executive director of the PAL and an active civic leader, is a lifelong Bayonne resident. In his capacity with the PAL, he manages a 40-team youth basketball league, and 150-person day care program. Having grown-up in Bayonne and maintained PAL for over 30 years, Torello knows the value that these types of programs bring to a community.
Torello is an active member of a number of local organizations including Friends of the Handicapped, Concerned Citizens of Bayonne, and the Knights of Columbus among others. He finds particular interest in working alongside community members with disabilities to ensure that their voices are heard and their interests are served, having established the Autism and Athletics Program.
“I’m excited to join Sharon’s team, and make positive changes for all of Bayonne,” said Torello. “Making good things happen for people is what I love to do – it is my passion. With Sharon’s leadership, and the team we’re putting together, we’re going to make sure no one in Bayonne is left out or left behind.”
Slate rollout continues
Ashe-Nadrowski plans to announce the rest of her running mates in the coming days. Her opponents for mayor in the May municipal election are Mayor James Davis and former Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso.
Davis has announced a council slate consisting of First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll, Second Ward City Council candidate Jacqueline Weimmer, Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa, City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez, and City Council At-Large candidate Loyad Booker. Alonso has not yet unveiled a ticket.
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