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Former Jersey City school board member Matt Schapiro

Lawsuit seeks order for Jersey City special election

By David Wildstein, August 08 2019 12:13 pm

Two Jersey City school board candidates are asking a judge to order a special election to fill the seat of Matt Schapiro, who announced on May 31 that he was resigning effective July 15.

Schapiro has alleged that officials intentionally kept his resignation letter away from County Clerk Junior Maldonado to avoid a special election for his seat.

In a second lawsuit, Alexander Hamilton is challenging his disqualification from the ballot by election officials.   The New York Daily News first reported Hamilton’s suit.

Anthony Sharperson and David Czehut and Hamilton are running on the Change for Children slate, along with Asheeniah Johnson and Noemi Velasquez.

“We are filing this action to re-enfranchise the voters of Jersey City,” Sharperson said. “Voters choose their representatives, not just eight board members. The rights of the voters must be respected.”

A special for Schapiro’s seat could create a control election this year, if five of the nine seats are on the ballot.

Another special election was necessitated by the resignation of Amy DeGise, who stepped down following her election as Hudson County Democratic Chair.

“This is a time when we need more democracy, not less,” Czehut said. “The message I’m hearing from Jersey City families is clear: They want to elect school board members who are focused on ensuring an excellent education for our children. Let’s do what’s right for both voters and our children and let Jersey City residents choose their advocates.”

Schapiro Seat Press Release (3)
Alexander Hamilton Press Release (1)
Alexander Hamilton Official Filed Complaint, OTSC, Brief, Cert, Order.1 (1)
Sharperson Czehut Official Filed Complaint, OTSC, Brief, Cert.1 (1)
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