Embattled Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas, a close ally of Mayor Steven Fulop, lost his bid for re-election on Tuesday.
Thomas stepped down from his post as head of the Jersey City Employment Training Program amidst allegations that he set up a shadowy checking account and then wrote $16,600 worth of checks made out to cash and then cashed them himself.
A slate backed by the local teachers union won three of the five school board seats up this year after an expensive fight with a super PAC affiliated with a major real estate developer, The Lefrak Organization.
Incumbents Gerald Lyons, Gina Verdibello, and Lekendrick Shaw were re-elected.
Noemi Vasquez and Alexander Hamilton defeated Thomas and Darwin Ona.
Thomas lost by 1,477 votes.