June 3rd Primary: Elizabeth prepares for ward wars

TRENTON – Once again, the allies of the Board of Education will be looking to make gains against a ticket backed by Mayor Christian Bollwage and the Union County Democratic Party.

The nine-member council consists of three at-large seats and six ward seats.

The ward seats will be in play on June 3rd.

The BOE allies control two out of the nine city council seats.

In Ward One: BOE ally Carlos Trujillo will face incumbent Councilman Carlos Torres;

In Ward Two: Oscar Ocasio, who unsuccessfully opposed Bollwage for mayor in 2012, will run against veteran incumbent Councilman Nelson Gonzalez (pictured);

In Ward Three: Armando Desilva, who heads the Newark Division of Motor Vehicles, will run against retiring Elizabeth Police Sergeant Kevin Kiniery for a seat vacated by the retirement this year of Councilman Joe Kennan;

In Ward Four: The Elizabeth BOE will attempt to re-elect organization star Councilman Carlos Cedeno;

In Ward Five: Lester Dominguez will run against incumbent Councilman William Gallman;

And in Ward Six: BOE-backed Councilman Frank Mazza is seeking re-election against Bollwage-backed candidate Daniel Tassi, a former Peruvian peace office.

The BOE is supporting Linden Councilman Derek Armstead for mayor, and countywide backs Jerome Dunn for surrogate.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Elizabeth, Dunn unsuccessfully challenged state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20) in 2011. June 3rd Primary: Elizabeth prepares for ward wars