Hoboken Board of Education Candidates
Want to meet your choices for candidates live and in the flesh?
Meet the BoE Candiates Sunday
A Board of Education Candidates forum is set for Sunday afternoon. The event is sponsored by the Hoboken Family Alliance, who picked Sunday between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Some people might show up just to find out if Phil Campbell and Phil Defalco have working voiceboxes and opinions beyond their handlers’ prepared campaign literature. These two newcomers to the school board scene share the nickname “Silent Phil” because they have yet to speak up at a meeting of the Board of Education they wish to serve on.
“You’ll have the chance to ask candidates directly about your concerns whether they are on curriculum, the budget, special needs or specials. Ask the candidates what they plan to do to improve our school district and get the information you need to make an informed choice for your vote.”
Read all about the candidates after the jump.
Forty days till Election Day.
School Board Ballot Positions picked
When it comes to ballot positions, they say it’s good to be on top. That was the case for Theresa Minutillo in 2006 and Carrie Gilliard in 2007. Phil DeFalco will test that theory in 2008.
The CPA and FOP (friend of Pupie) was picked first in today’s lottery for positions on the ballot where voters will pick from 8 candidates for 3 school board seats. Active Connors School parent Maureen Sullivan was picked to be seated at the second ballot position. Former board member Ron Rosenberg was picked third followed by unmarried car salesman Phil Campbell in fouth. The middle spot on the ballot goes to Hoboken Housing Authority deputy executive director Carmelo Garcia, followed by incumbent Frances “Bubbles” Rhodes-Kearns in spot #6. Bringing up the rear is newcomer Brian Assadourian and incumbent Tricia Snyder, whose name was picked last by board secretary David Anthony. The election is April 15th.
Let the race begin!
Who are the candidates?
The 4pm deadline has passed for candidates to submit petitions to run for Hoboken Board of Education, and nine people have placed their names in contention for three seats.
Incumbents Carmelo Garcia, Frances Rhodes-Kearns and Tricia Snyder are each seeking re-election. Though Rhodes-Kearns was the 5th vote that gave Theresa Minutillo the board presidency last year, she will not be running on the ticket Minutillo is supporting. Rhodes-Kearns (aka “Bubbles”) will join again with Garcia on a ticket that will also include local accountant Phil DeFalco.
Meanwhile, Snyder will be running with two relative unknowns, Brian Assadourian, active in Armenian circles, and Phil Campbell, who is believed to be close to board member Carrie Gilliard.
Three independent candidates also filed petitions. Maureen Sullivan is a staple at board meetings who has made an issue of the large number non-Hoboken residents who are attending the city schools. Sullivan is a parent who has frequently written letters to the local papers outlining the various hypocrisies in local government. She is seen as a strong independent who may take votes from the relative newcomers on the “Kids First” ticket.
Former school board member Ron Rosenberg has also filed petitions to run for the board. His time on the board was short, but included the passing of a Pay-to-Play ban at the BoE that he was credited with spearheading. Both Sullivan and Rosenberg may earn support from reform-minded voters who are either unimpressed with the progress made by Board President Minutillo, or generally unfamiliar with Snyder’s running mates. Rosenberg may additionally gain support from Frank “Pupie” Raia, who he unsuccessfully ran for City Council with in 2005 and 2007.
The third “independent” candidate for school board is city employee Patrick Ricciardi, who holds three positions with that bring him a six-figure salary. He holds titles in the Offices of Emergency Management, Parking Utility, and Information Technology. Ricciardi gets paid to tape record City Council and School Board meetings and puts all those pictures of David Roberts on the City Website. Odds are good he will make a deal to drop out of the race.