MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports, Mayor Sean Spiller is interested in vying for a position as Secretary of Education.
As President-elect Joe Biden is in the process of selecting his cabinet members, a key position that needs to be filled is the replacement for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
On Tuesday, Politico reported that Spiller has notified the New Jersey congressional delegation and Governor Phil Murphy that his name may be placed in the running, according to six sources.
Though it is not clear whether the message has gotten to the Biden transition team, those with knowledge of the process told Politico that Spiller has already notified sources that his name be floated.
As vice president of the NJEA, a science teacher at Wayne Valley High School in Passaic County, and Mayor, many believe that Spiller makes an attractive candidate for the post. If seriously being considered, he will be up against some tough contenders and vocal education advocates. The speculated lists include several higher education leaders. However, Biden has stated that he is seeking a U.S. Secretary of Education with public school experience. Of which, Spiller has.
Though never confirmed, residents have speculated that Spiller had his eye on higher office beyond being elected Mayor of Montclair in May.
TAPinto Montclair contacted Spiller two days ago for comment, however, by the time of publication, he has not yet responded.