Angel Valentin

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Angel Valentin
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Board Member, Jersey City School Board, At-large
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 13
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedApril, 2005
Appointed byCommissioner of Education
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFerris High School
Bachelor'sRutgers, the State University of New Jersey
ProfessionGrants manager
Office website
Angel Valentin is an at-large member of the Jersey City School Board in New Jersey. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2002. Valentin won an unexpired one-year term on November 5, 2013.


Valentin resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. Valentin graduated from Ferris High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick in 1980.[1][2] He spent twelve years employed with the Jersey City Employment & Training Program as a grants manager.[3]



See also: Jersey City Public Schools elections (2013)


Valentin challenged fellow incumbent Carol Lester for an at-large seat with a one-year term in the general election on November 5, 2013. Valentin was a member of the "Children First" slate of candidates, which included Gerald Lyons, Lorenzo Richardson and Gina Verdibello running for the three-year term seats. Lester was a member of a separate slate of candidates endorsed by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and campaigned under the name "Candidates for Excellence," which included Micheline Amy, Jessica Daye and Ellen Simon running for the three-year term seats.


Jersey City Public Schools, At-large General Election, Unexpired term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAngel Valentin Incumbent 54.1% 7,698
     Nonpartisan Carol Lester Incumbent 45.7% 6,506
     Nonpartisan Personal choice 0.2% 26
Total Votes 14,230
Source: Hudson County Clerk, "Official Election Results," November 14, 2013


Valentin reported $9,250.00 in contributions and $9,096.00 in expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, which left his campaign with $154.00 on hand.[4]


Valentin did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Jersey City Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSterling Waterman 21% 7,369
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAngel Valentin Incumbent 19.5% 6,851
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Lester 11.5% 4,036
     Nonpartisan Sebastian D'Amico 10.5% 3,680
     Nonpartisan Gerald McCann 6.9% 2,410
     Nonpartisan L. Terry Dehere 6.8% 2,380
     Nonpartisan Hiral Patel 6.6% 2,306
     Nonpartisan Anthony Sharperson 3.2% 1,118
     Nonpartisan Evelyn Farmer 2.8% 986
     Nonpartisan Kevin Armstrong 2.1% 735
     Nonpartisan Arthur Zigman 2.1% 722
     Nonpartisan Gerald Lyons 2% 720
     Nonpartisan June A. Mulqueen 1.6% 561
     Nonpartisan John R. Muniz 1.4% 485
     Nonpartisan Aura Ordonez 1.3% 460
     Nonpartisan Marimer Navarrete 0.8% 271
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 34
Total Votes 35,124
Source: Hudson County, New Jersey, "School Board Election Results," accessed October 31, 2013

Campaign themes

In an interview with the Jersey City Independent, Valentin advocated "vocational and trade programs, after-school extracurricular activities and peer-to-peer tutoring" along with greater "local control" of public education.[2]

What was at stake?

There were four seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Carol Lester and Angel Valentin filed to run against one another for the single at-large seat with an unexpired one-year term, while fellow incumbent Gerald Lyons competed against 11 challengers for three at-large seats with three-year terms. Incumbent Sterling Waterman did not file for re-election. Josephine Paige, Peter A. Basso and Jay Cordero initially announced runs for the three-year term seats, but all three withdrew from the race before November.[5]

Alleged board meeting incivility

During a candidate forum held on October 24, Ellen Simon criticized Lorenzo Richardson for comments he made during a school board meeting in July, 2012 shortly after the hiring of district superintendent Marcia V. Lyles. Richardson had denounced the controversial hiring decision and told the board, "My advice to all of you board members: Whoever has a gun to your head, let them pull the trigger. At least you will die with respect. OK? Cause if I was in that position, I’d tell them to pull the trigger." Simon argued that this was symbolic of the degree of incivility common at Jersey City school board meetings and that Richardson had spoken inappropriately. She added that, "This rhetoric has no place in a board of education. [...]And this kind of incivility is what has torn the board apart." Richardson defended his comments, insisting that he meant the board should ignore pressure from the New Jersey state government to hire Lyles, not that he meant they should commit suicide for their decision.[6]

About the district

See also: Jersey City Public Schools, New Jersey
Jersey City Public Schools is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Jersey City Public Schools is located in Hudson County, New Jersey. The county seat of Hudson County is Jersey City. According to the 2010 US Census, Hudson County is home to 652,302 residents.[7]


Hudson County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of its median rates of average household income and poverty rate but outperformed the state average in higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Hudson County was $57,660 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Hudson County was 15.1% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 35.3% of Hudson County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Hudson County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 66.4 73.8
Black or African American 15.0 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 0.6
Asian 14.8 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 42.6 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[8]
Party Hudson County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 176,138 50.34
Republican 27,539 7.87
Libertarian 188 0.01
Green 96 0.01
Other 54 0.01
Unaffiliated 145,878 41.76

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[9] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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