PATERSON, NJ - Vince Arrington has spent his career at UPS, many years in management. During this time he’s seen a lot, but one thing he hasn’t seen enough, he told a crowd of several dozen at a campaign event Thursday, is Patersonians being hired by the corporate behemoth. 

He hopes to change that by making sure more Paterson Public Schools high school graduates are college ready, giving them the opportunity to complete a degree and then enter the workforce, hopefully working their way up to management positions.

Of course, he added, not every graduate wants, or needs, to go to college to build a successful career, and for those he wants to make sure local students have access to carpentry, plumbing, and other trades related courses.

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Arrington, who served a partial term on the Board of Education after being appointed to fill a vacant position, is one of seven candidates vying to serve on the body for a three-year term. 

Saying that he “has not stopped working, has not let up,” since his defeat by mail in ballots in his 2018 effort, current BOE Commissioner Manny Martinez served as emcee for the event, and added that Arrington is “relentless” in his support of local students.

Also lending their political clout to Arrington’s run on Thursday were Mayor Andre Sayegh and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, as well as Councilwoman-at-Large Lilisa Mimms and Third Ward Councilman Bill McKoy. Board of Education President Oshin Castillo and Vice President Nakima Redmon were also in attendance. 

“He is running for the right reasons, to be an advocate,” Sayegh said before Wimberly praised Arrington as a “a good man.”

Arrington, Wimberly assured, is not running to use the office as a “stepping stone” but rather because “he’s invested” in improving the education outcome of Paterson’s youth, something the longtime legislator said will “lead to the rebirth of our city.”

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, voters will be able to select up to three candidates.

 

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