The race to watch tonight is in Jersey City, where controversial former mayor Gerald McCann is seeking re-election to his second term on the Board of Education. McCann was mayor from 1981 to 1985, and again from 1989 until 1992, when he was removed from office following his criminal conviction. McCann and incumbents Terry Dehere and Angel Valentin face a massive field of thirteen challengers. McCann and Dehere are running together, while the Jersey City teachers union is backing Valentin and challengers Sterling Waterman and Sebastian “Chips” D’Amico. Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop, who has emerged as a serious contender for mayor in 2013, is supporting Valentin, Waterman and Carol Lester.
One of the campaign issues: the contract renewal of Charles Epps, the Superintendent of Schools and a former Assemblyman from District 31. It looks like all the candidates would like Epps gone.