ELIZABETH, NJ - Three women have declared themselves the progressive candidates for the Elizabeth Board of Education election this November. 

Danielle Fienberg, Janice Figueroa and Natalie Hernandez officially launched their candidacy with a virtual campaign party August 28 with the slogan ‘Justice for Elizabeth.’ 

Fienberg is an Elizabeth resident and parent who has been critical of the Board of Education in the past, specifically concerning special services and suspension practices. She is an advocate for disabled children’s rights and has been a member of progressive New Jersey movements for years.

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Figueroa was raised in Elizabeth and attended the Elizabeth Public Schools, having graduated from schools 19, 13, 28, 7 and Frank J. Cicarell Academy. Currently, she studies linguistics at the University of Virginia and is studying to obtain an ESL teaching certification. She is a co-founder of the People’s Committee of Elizabeth, a group that works to empower Black Elizabeth residents.

“What we really want from this campaign is more equity, justice and transparency, and when you vote for our team that’s exactly what you’re going to get,” said Natalie Hernandez.

Hernandez was also raised in Elizabeth and attended the Elizabeth Public Schools.  She graduated from schools 18, 16, 30 and Halsey Academy. She is also a co-founder of the People’s Committee of Elizabeth and specifically focuses on systemic racism in law enforcement. She is currently studying Global Studies and Political Science at Kean University.

The Justice for Elizabeth candidates are challenging three Board of Education incumbents: Vice President Jerry Jacobs, Maria Z Carvalho and Rosa E Moreno Ortega.