BAYONNE, NJ - Petitions for candidates seeking a place on the ballot in November’s election for Board of Education were due Monday, with nine emerging for three seats.

Current Board President Maria Valado and Vice President Christopher Munoz, both seeking reelection, will be joined by newcomer David Watson, an African American who promised to bring change to the board.

Incumbent Michael Alonso has also filed his re-election petitions along with two other Bayonne Republicans, Michael Shatravka and Charles Shepard. 

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Even though the board election is nonpartisan, Alonso believes having President Donald Trump on the top of the ballot this year could give him the votes his ticket will need.

Former trustee and captain of the Bayonne Police Department Charles Ryan is seeking to return to the board. Also running independently is newcomer Andrew Kim, and Denis Wilbeck Jr., whose father is currently serving. 

The election will be held on Nov. 3.

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