Carol L. Gabriel

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Carol L. Gabriel
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Board Member, Jersey City School Board, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFairleigh Dickinson University
OtherSt. Peters College
ProfessionRetired paraprofessional
Campaign website
Carol L. Gabriel was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Jersey City School Board in New Jersey. She lost in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Gabriel resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. Gabriel earned her B.A. degree in American Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a certificate in Public Policy from St. Peters College. She spent her 27 year career as a paraprofessional working in special education with Jersey City Public Schools before retiring.[1]



See also: Jersey City Public Schools elections (2013)


Gabriel and ten other candidates challenged incumbent Gerald Lyons for one of three at-large seats with three-year terms in the general election on November 5, 2013. Lyons is a member of the "Children First" slate of candidates, which included Lorenzo Richardson and Gina Verdibello for the three-year term seats and Angel Valentin for the one-year term seat. A separate slate of candidates endorsed by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop campaigned under the name "Candidates for Excellence," which included Micheline Amy, Jessica Daye and Ellen Simon for the three-year term seats and Carol Lester for the one-year term seat.[2]


Jersey City Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJessica Daye 21.1% 9,351
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMicheline Amy 17.7% 7,879
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Simon 10.6% 4,702
     Nonpartisan Lorenzo Richardson 10.2% 4,511
     Nonpartisan Gerald Lyons Incumbent 8.9% 3,950
     Nonpartisan Gina Verdibello 7.6% 3,383
     Nonpartisan Kevaan G. Walton 6.2% 2,770
     Nonpartisan Denise Davis 4.8% 2,137
     Nonpartisan DeJon Morris 4.3% 1,914
     Nonpartisan Carol L. Gabriel 2.7% 1,214
     Nonpartisan Josephine Paige 2.2% 982
     Nonpartisan Susan Harbace 2.2% 961
     Nonpartisan Telissa E. Dowling 1.4% 608
     Nonpartisan Personal choice 0.1% 44
Total Votes 44,406
Source: Hudson County Clerk, "Official Election Results," November 14, 2013


Gabriel reported $502.90 in contributions and $502.90 in expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, which left her campaign with no cash on hand.[3]


Gabriel did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

Gabriel's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[4]

Low academic grades are unacceptable. Different approaches or revisiting teaching methods that have proven successful in the past need to be explored and utilized.

Better nutritional services are a necessity and an area that must be addressed. Our current standards are not meeting the grade.

I believe in today's society school is much more than reading, writing and arithmetic. It is imperative after school programs, motivational outlets, parental participation, recreation and the visual and performing arts are incorporated and offered.

Instead of outsourcing our school funds to "studies" and "consultants" I believe funds would and should be utilized in the best way to directly impact our children. Resorting back to our principals, teachers and teachers aides would be the most accurate and cost effective way to explore and survey what does work and what should not be applied when trying to reach and motivate our students.

Union membership to me is a very important factor. Effective teachers, aides, staff and employees are union members in good standing. I support collective bargaining, negotiating on fair terms for fair and reasonable contracts without outside influence or agenda. I do not believe in privatization or outsourcing. I believe in supporting those who educate and provide a safe and fertile learning environment for our children. I simply can see no other way to effectively execute and support a more structured work force or environment than described. I am very proud to have had the opportunity and have been able to share in the experience of being a member of a strong and dedicated union prior to my retirement. Union membership should be celebrated, encouraged and supported not targeted, attacked or plotted against like an enemy during times of war. It is Un-American in my standards to do the latter.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[9]

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