Bayonne City Council President and mayoral candidate Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski has announced the rest of her council running mates in the upcoming May 10 municipal election.
Ashe-Nadrowski previously announced candidates Jodi Casais and “KT” Kim Torello for her council slate for the Council member At-Large seats.
Finishing out her slate for the ward council slate includes small business owner Julie Sanchez Lynch for the First Ward City Council seat, real estate agent George Vinc for the Second Ward City Council seat, and Bayonne Board of Education President Maria Valado for the Third Ward City Council seat.
“Today I’m proud to announce three motivated and dedicated members of our community as my running mates for First, Second, and Third Ward Council: Julie Sanchez Lynch, George J. Vinc, and Maria Valado,” said Ashe-Nadrowski. “Julie, George, and Maria come from different backgrounds, but all have a proven track record of stepping up and helping those in need. Their well-rounded set of skills is exactly what our city government needs to get back on track.”
Julie Sanchez Lynch
Sanchez Lynch is a local small business owner, lifelong Bayonne resident, and an advocate for children and veterans. She moved from Manhattan when she was five years old, and attended Mary J. Donohoe Community School and Bayonne High School. Sanchez Lynch raised her two daughters in Bayonne and is now the proud grandmother of four grandchildren.
Prior to opening a business of her own, Sanchez Lynch maintained a 25-year career in Human Resources. In 2018 she opened “Arctic Cryotherapy” in Bayonne which specializes in alternative methods to health and wellness. Outside of work, Sanchez Lynch volunteers for the Bayonne Hometown Fair Committee.
Inspired by her father’s service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Sanchez Lynch is a passionate advocate for military veterans. She partnered with the Veterans Administration to help secure employment and create resumes for servicemen and women returning home from active service. While assisting veterans, she also worked to help some of the most vulnerable members of society on the Child Assault Prevention Task Force for Gov. Jim Florio and the Division of Child Services.
“Sharon has the back of every taxpayer and resident of Bayonne – I’m proud to join her team,” said Sanchez Lynch. “I’m running for council because First Ward residents deserve a representative who’s not afraid to answer their questions and be their voice.”
George Vinc is a lifelong resident of Bayonne, real estate professional, former Board of Education candidate, father and husband. Raised by a single mother, Vinc and his brother witnessed the struggle of living paycheck to paycheck and his family moved quite often. When he graduated from Washington Community School, it was the sixth grammar school that he attended before he went on to also graduate from Bayonne High School, and thereafter, New Jersey City University.
During college, Vinc studied Computer Science and sold real estate on the side. After graduating, he began a 15-year career in financial services, having held management and development positions with Sovereign Bank, Citigroup, and Bank of America. A point of personal pride for him was his work with the Project Hospitality Women’s Shelter and Food Bank of New York City where he helped residents learn the basics of financial independence and provided free tax preparation services for low-income families.
After success in the financial sector, Vinc returned to his passion of real estate. He currently manages Century 21 Viewpoint in Bayonne, which under his guidance achieved the “C21 Commercial Network” designation and formed a relationship with Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA). Outside of work, Vinc has been a member of the Bayonne Sicilian Club for a decade, and previously served as an officer of the organization.
“Being honest, direct, and loyal is what Bayonne expects from its leadership- Sharon is just that,” said Vinc. “While our city will continue to grow, Sharon and I share a vision of Bayonne that preserves the small town feel we all love for generations to come.”
Maria Valado was born and raised in Bayonne and is currently the President of the Bayonne Board of Education. Married to her husband, Juan, they are the proud parents of two children, Jordi and Emmily. Growing up in Bayonne, Valado attended Midtown School, Vroom Learning Center, and Holy Family Academy.
After High School, Valado continued her studies, ultimately earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. An educator by trade, Valado has been a teacher in the Newark public school system for over 25 years.
In addition to Valado’s work in the classroom, she was first elected to the Board of Education in 2017, and was re-elected in 2020. Her tenure on the board oversaw the hire of a new Superintendent of Schools, a new School Business Administrator, and the purchase of all new reading, math, and science textbooks.
“Sharon continually pushes ahead, seeking out what we can do better as a City. It’s what makes her a great leader, and what makes me proud to be a member of her team,” said Team Nadrowski Third Ward Council Candidate Maria Valado. “I believe running for office and serving as an elected official isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s about asking hard questions, making hard decisions, and being accountable. Above all, it’s about doing the right thing because our community is worth it.”
Two slates named so far
Sanchez Lynch, Vinc, and Valado complete Ashe Nadrowski’s slate of candidates for the upcoming May election. So far, candidates running for mayor include Mayor James Davis, Ashe-Nadrowski, and former Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso.
For the City Council, Davis has announced a 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.
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