Voter Registration Deadline for Board of Education Elections Approaching

JC Public Schools LogoThe voter registration deadline for the local Board of Education (BOE) election is coming up fast.

Voters should register to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 15 so they can help decide who gets four seats on the BOE in the Nov. 5 elections.

Three of the seats up for grabs have three-year terms; these seats are currently held by Carol Lester, Angel Valentin and vice president Sterling Waterman. The other seat available is for a one-year term and is currently held by Gerald Lyons, who was appointed by the BOE after the resignation of Marvin Adames last August.

Other current board members include president Sue Mack, Carol Harrison-Arnold, Vidya Gangadin, Sangeeta Ranade and Marilyn Roman.

According to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office there are 15 confirmed candidates running in November. Carol Lester and Angel Valenti are running for the one-year term. Those running for the three-year terms include Micheline Amy, Denise Davis, Jessica Daye, Telissa Dowling, Carol Gabriel, Susan Harbace, Gerald Lyons, DeJon Morris, Josephine Paige, Lorenzo Richardson, Ellen Simon, Gina Verdibello, and Kevaan Walton. Peter Basso and Jay Cordero have both withdrawn from the race.

The four available seats will be occupied by the highest vote-getters. The elected board members will work as advocates for children and families of the district, act as advisors to Superintendent Marcia Lyles and the schools’ administrators as well as serve as liaisons between the schools and residents of the district, so residents should think carefully about who they think would best serve local students, parents, teachers and taxpayers.

Board members will undergo criminal history record checks through the state Department of Education within 30 days of election and will be sworn in at organizational meetings in January. The positions are unpaid.

To register to vote, download a registration form here, print it out and mail it to the Hudson County Commissioner of Registration.

For more information, visit the JCBOE website or the Hudson County clerk website. You can also call 877 NJVOTER (658 6837). To find your polling place, click here.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated Aug. 29 at 4:00 pm. A correction was made to the date of when to register to vote and confirmed candidates were added.

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

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