2014 Jersey City Board of Education: Eight Candidates Vying For Three Seats

November is almost here, and it’s time to do your civic duty and vote.

This year’s General Election for Jersey City has US Senate and House of Representatives for 8th and 10th Congressional Districts seats, three Board of Education positions and the Hudson County Surrogate and Freeholders for Districts 1-5 and 8. There are also two proposed amendments to the state’s constitution. (Check back Monday, Nov. 3, for a story regarding the US Senate and House of Representative candidates.)

Locally, the Jersey City Board of Education (BOE) is the most heated with eight candidates vying for only three seats.

This year’s BOE candidates are:

Carol Harrison-Arnold
Occupation: Attorney
Ticket: Parents for Excellence
Current BOE memeber running again

Monica Kress
Occupation: Director of school operations for charter school
Ticket: Parents for Excellence
Running for the first time

Gerald Lyons
Occupation: Teacher and supervisor of instruction at county tech school
Ticket: Children First
Has previously served as BOE member and is running again

Bertram C. Okpokwasili
Occupation: Attorney and adjunct professor
Ticket: Parents for Excellence
Current BOE member running again

Michael Reilly
Occupation: Former athletic coach
Ticket: Independent
Running for the first time

Joel Torres
Occupation: Senior coordinator and policy advocacy advisor for drug prevention program
Ticket: Independent
Running for the first time

Gina Verdibello
Occupation: Real estate agent
Ticket: Children First
Has run previously

Lorenzo Richardson
Occupation: Accounting Manager
Ticket: Children First
Has run previously

While there are many qualified candidates running, remember you can only vote for three canidates from Column H this year. The NAACP’s PAC will host a forum tonight (Friday, Oct 31) at Lincoln High School if you would like to learn more about each of the candidates.

To find your polling place, check out the New Jersey Voter Information System and for more information on voting in Hudson County, visit the Hudson County Clerk’s website. And remember to get out and vote on November 4!

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Jim DeAngelis

is a former Web Editor for Jersey City Independent. He is a publishing and media professional with more than 20 years of experience. Jim is also the co-chair to Jersey City Writers -- a writers' collective in Jersey City.