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The three candidates running as the Education Matters slate swept their way to victory on Tuesday night, defeating the Change for Children ticket, plus two other candidates, to take the three seats on the Jersey City Board of Education. Natalia Ioffe, Younass Barkouch and Paula Jones-Watson will replace Board of Education Trustees Mussab Ali, Marilyn Roman and Joan Terrell-Paige, all of whom chose not to seek re-election. They received more than twice as many votes as any other candidate.
Education Matters was endorsed by the city’s teacher’s union, the Jersey City Education Association. The Change for Children slate, Doris “Toni” Ervin, Erika Baez and Thyson Halley was linked to LeFrak, a huge development company.
The winning slate tallied the following vote totals: Jones-Watson had 12,485 votes, Barkouch 10,526 and Ioffe 10,427. The fourth-place finisher, Ervin, had 4,653 votes.