College student, 20, wins close Jersey City school board race

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:30:26 AM. School officials believe Mussab Ali is the youngest person elected to the school board.
JERSEY CITY -- A 20-year-old Rutgers University student has narrowly won the two-man race for a yearlong term on the Jersey City school board. Mussab Ali edged out David Miranda by just 68 votes in the race to fill the year remaining on John Reichart's term (Reichart resigned abruptly in November 2016). County election officials finished counting all the ballots in the race today. Mussab won 9,388 votes to Miranda's 9,320. School officials believe Ali is the youngest person ever elected to the nine-member Jersey City school board, and possibly the youngest elected official ever in Jersey City (Freeholder Bill O'Dea was elected to the City Council at age 26). Ali said he finds it more significant that he is Muslim. He noted that two years ago President Trump made the false allegation that "thousands and thousands" of Muslims in Jersey City celebrated the 9/11 attacks. "In an era where Trump is president, a Muslim to become elected in Jersey City -- that's something that's very powerful," he said. Last week Miranda said he may seek a recount. Today he said he has not decided whether to proceed with that request. Last week's school board race included the one-year term as well as three three-year terms. Incumbents Amy DeGise and Lorenzo Richardson won along with newcomer Matt Schapiro. All four winners take office in January. Ali was named a Truman Scholar earlier this year. He studies economics, biology, chemistry and Middle East/Islamic studies at Rutgers-Newark Terrence T....Read more
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