Four more on the BOE ballot

4/19/2010:

While most of the heat in this year’s Board of Education campaign season has been generated by the silly Civil War battle between “Kids First” and “Real Results,” there are four other candidates seeking support who are well known to many in town. I asked each candidate to send me a statement about why they’re running. Here’s a little background on them.

The “other” slate for BoE: Colon, Waiters and Howitt

The “Children are our priority, not politics” ticket of Kyelia Colon, Patricia Waiters and Ken Howitt was born out of the ashes of Frank “Pupie” Raia’s last minute jump into – and then out of – the race. Pupie won’t be on the ballot, but his face and endorsement were seen in an ad for the Colon/Waiters/Howitt ticket this weekend.

Kyelia Colon, 6A

Kyelia Colon is the mother of four children who have attended Hoboken public schools.

She is a lifelong resident and tenant leader in the Hoboken Housing Authority who supported Dawn Zimmer for Mayor and Jake Stuiver for the HHA board. Neither returned the favor. The Mayor is instead supporting the racially and economically homogeneous Kids First ticket. During the candidates forum last week Ms. Colon had some strong and direct opinions about how the district was serving the students, especially on the issue of social advancement through the grades.

You can read her brief submission to Hoboken411 here.

Patricia Waiters, 9A

Patricia Waiters is well known for her passionate appearances at a variety of candidates forums and public meetings.

She ran unsuccessfully for Council-at-Large last spring, and for Mayor last fall. Ms. Waiters has two children attending the Wallace School, and her oldest is a Hoboken graduate who is getting his Masters Degree after attending St. Peter’s. She points to years of City Hall meddling in school affairs as a major cause of the problems facing the district.

Her statement can be seen here.

Ken Howitt, 3B

Ken Howitt has lived in Hoboken since 1987, and he’s been very active in the schools, on the HOPES board and with the Hoboken Boy Scout Troop 146.

All three of his kids attended Hoboken Schools, with his youngest now a Sophomore at Hoboken High. Ken is energetic guy who never seems to be at a loss for words. His submission to 411 was in the form of a self-interview, much like Howard Cosell once did in a magazine called “Jock” back in the late ‘60’s.

Read Ken answering Ken’s questions here.

And then there was John Madigan

John Madigan (ballot position 3A) is running as an independent and is not aligned with the Colon/Waiters/Howitt ticket.

Born and raised and very active in the schools, Madigan was recently released from his job with the Board of Ed by the Kids First majority. Mr. Madigan has said that’s not the reason he’s running. In fact he’s come very close to winning a seat on he board twice before, and is hoping the third time is the charm.

Read his submission here.

For more on the Board of Ed race don’t forget to watch the candidate forum videos that are now on Hoboken411 on demand, as well as in rotation on Cablevision Channel 78 after Kids First’s choice for Interim Superintendent refused to run the debate video of the Board of Ed’s own Channel 77.

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4 Comments on "Four more on the BOE ballot"

ShhhDontTell
Member

The cards left at buildings uptown had Madigan as the “team” leader. The cards left in buildings downtown had Waiters as the “Team” leader. I thought that was odd.

HOB424
Member
HOB424

I’m confused. It says here that John Madigan is running as an independent. However, this morning I got a campaign card with 4 candidates names on it, Colon, Waiter, Howitt and Madigan including their pictures and poll number. Does anyone know did they all suddenly join together or is he separate? Just curious?

jc5201
Member
jc5201

Thank you for covering the independents, 411. Unfortunately, there is no coverage on the more partisan sites. I’m voting for Howitt for the one year term and Colon for the 3 year. They are not affiliated with the tax and spend machine and after talking to them, I believe they are the most qualified candidates. Colon is probably the most caring person in this race, and Howitt brings a wealth of experience and fresh ideas. His academic background speaks volumes. But the academic background of his 3 children, Hoboken public school students, says exactly what I am looking for in a candidate for the Board.

charleyblueeyes
Member
charleyblueeyes

I’ll bet you are on their Xmas/Holiday List…..!

In response to jc5201 who said:
Thank you for covering the independents, 411. Unfortunately, there is no coverage on the more partisan sites. I’m voting for Howitt for the one year term and Colon for the 3 year. They are not affiliated with the tax and spend machine and after talking to them, I believe they are the most qualified candidates. Colon is probably the most caring person in this race, and Howitt brings a wealth of experience and fresh ideas. His academic background speaks volumes. But the academic background of his 3 children, Hoboken public school students, says exactly what I am looking for in a candidate for the Board.

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