Fulop and allies gear up for Board of Ed fight

Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop today formally issued his endorsements for the Board of Education elections in April, backing Carol Harrison-Arnold, Marvin Adames, and incumbent School Board Member Sue Mack.

A year ago, a Fulop-endorsed slate swept all three spots in the 2010 election. Another sweep by Fulop-endorsed candidates would give the prospective future mayoral candidate a majority of seats on the board.

“I couldn’t be more excited about these three candidates,” said Fulop, who wants to help direct the city’s search for a new superintendent. 

“In addition to one incumbent, we are looking to encourage a new wave of young activists who are smart and capable and who care about making the schools meaningfully better. We are trying to get past the days when the Board of Education was used as a political patronage dumping ground. My hope is that we are going to run these candidates hard and get them elected. They are running for the right reason: to improve the schools, not for politics.”

Fulop’s slate this week also collected the endorsement of the Jersey City Education Association, whose members are the teachers who work in the Jersey City school system.

“While we are not going to agree on everything, and there are some clear differences, the JCEA and my running mates and I agree that there are some significant improvements in the classroom that can make the schools better,” Carol Harrison-Arnold said. “I think that with a dialog, as opposed to a hammer, we can work together to find common ground.”

Candidate Profiles

Marvin Adames – Chief Municipal Prosecutor of the City of Newark; J.D. from Rutgers Law School and a B.A. from The College of New Jersey, and a product of Newark public schools;

Carol Harrison-Arnold – B.A from New York University, J.D. from University of Virginia, recipient of the Jersey Journal’s “Everyday Hero” honor; former president of the Lincoln High School Parents Council, a board member at Hoboken Charter School, the president of Monticello Community Development Corp., and a director of Jersey City Episcopal Community Development Corp;

Sue Mack – Five-term incumbent BOE member and past Board President; has chaired Policy, Special Education, and Facilities committees of the Board as well as serving on the Education, Personnel, Communications, and Finance committees. Fulop and allies gear up for Board of Ed fight