Four more on the BOE ballot
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
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.
Patricia Waiters, 9A
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.
Ken Howitt, 3B
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.
And then there was John Madigan
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.
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.