Councilman Lavarro endorses “Candidates for Excellence” in local Board of Education race

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JERSEY CITY, NJ -- Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro announced that he is endorsing the “Candidates for Excellence” team for the Jersey City Board of Education race scheduled for November 5.  Lavarro has supported candidates in the local board race who have gone on to win and are now moving the school district in a positive direction.


“It is important for our community to get involved and vote in this and every Board of Education election,” said Lavarro.  “I believe this is an issue that concerns us all, whether or not you have a child in the public school system.  We can’t have a world-class city with a failing school system.  And we can’t fail the children in our community.”

The Jersey City Public Schools is a comprehensive community public school district with 38 schools and an enrollment of close to 28,000.  The Jersey City Board of Education members act as advisors to the Superintendent and the schools’ administrators, and serve as liaisons between the schools and people in the community.  The Board manages a budget of over $630 million, which is partly funded by taxpayer monies.

Candidates for Excellence is comprised of Jessica Rosero Daye (1I), a bilingual special needs advocate; Micheline Amy (3I), a Human Resources executive; Carol Lester (6J), a veteran board member and founder of a local charter school; and Ellen Simon (1P), a parent activist for district-wide excellence and co-founder of Parents for Progress.  Their full bios and platform can be found

For the first time, Jersey City’s school board election will be held during the November general election.  Ballots may be confusing as the teams are not all in one column, in addition to the gubernatorial and statewide candidates to choose from.  Lavarro asks that voters exercise patience and diligence, and take note of the names and ballot positions of these board of education candidates, as every vote will have direct impact in the local community.

“We need to vote for candidates with the highest qualifications and commitment to our children and city.  On November 5, vote for the entire Candidates for Excellence team – Daye (1I), Amy (3I), Lester(6J), and Simon (1P).” 

Lavarro has a scheduled breakfast rally and volunteer canvassing for Candidates for Excellence on Saturday, November 2, 9:30am at 2175 Kennedy Boulevard, corner Morton Place.  The public is invited to meet the candidates and volunteer to go door to door to get out the vote.  The event is co-hosted by Freeholder Bill O’Dea and Ward B Councilman Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal.

Election Day in New Jersey is Tuesday, November 5.  Polls are open from 6am-8pm.