From left, Vidya Gangadin, Neil Abadie and Dominique Smith.  (Facebook photo)

JERSEY CITY — Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey and Ward E Councilman James Solomon recently announced that they are endorsing the Jersey City Board of Education candidate slate of Vidya Gangadin (4I), Neil Abadie (5I) and Dominique Smith (6I), who are seeking to be elected on Nov. 6, 2018.

Their endorsement shows a strong commitment to the improvement of Jersey City public schools, supporting candidates in the local board race who can work with the Council and ensure that the school district steers in the right direction.

“Vidya, Neil and Dominique are actively engaged, have the pulse of our diverse communities, understand education from different angles, and offer innovative leadership for our schools,” said Lavarro.

“During these times of divisive politics, we need leaders who are collaborative and transparent, as we push forward to regain full control of our schools. This team believes that children from all communities deserve excellent education. Vidya, Neil and Dominique will fight for our students and work with teachers, administrators and community stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes for our kids.”

Gangadin is an incumbent Board Member, with children who attend public schools, while Abadie and Smith are seeking their first election to the Board of Education.

Gangadin is a financial analyst of over 20 years and has served the roles of President and Vice President in the Jersey City Board of Education.

Abadie hails from a family of educators and is a local business person who has fought for school child safety through the use of technology.

Smith is an accomplished higher education professional, a former Jersey City public school student, and daughter of a Jersey City public school educator.

“In order for our Jersey City public schools to continue to improve, we need a Board that will be accessible and accountable. Board members not only should be good advocates for the best interests of our educational community, but they must be good listeners, hearing the issues and addressing them. Vidya, Neil and Dominique can do just that. They bring the right skills and temperament, creating a united community,” said Prinz-Arey.

“As a council member and as a college professor, I am confident that Vidya, Neil and Dominique can help take our Jersey City public schools to the next level. My work on the Council revolves around honesty, responsibility, and puts community first. Vidya, Neil and Dominique operate on similar principles, which is what our Board of Education needs. Combined with their fresh perspective and passion for delivering quality education and the resources our schools need, they are extremely qualified to serve as our city’s newest Board members,” said Solomon.

“We are proud of the confidence that Councilmembers Lavarro, Prinz-Arey and Solomon have placed on us,” said Gangadin. “Jersey City’s schools are facing tough times and real-world challenges. We are committed to working with our Council, school administration, and teachers to ensure that Jersey City kids receive the best quality education.”

About the candidates

Vidya Gangadin is an active parent of four children, two of whom currently attend our public schools.

She is a two-time Jersey City Board of Education incumbent currently serving as Chairperson for the Board’s Legislative Committee.

She has also served two consecutive years as Board President and one year as Vice President, a Committeewoman in Ward A, Parliamentarian for the Jersey City Democratic Committee, President of her Neighborhood Block Association, and has worked as a financial analyst for over 25 years in the private sector.

Neil Abadie comes from a family of educators, a technology-based leader and a local Jersey City business person whose work and beliefs center around school child safety.

He is a board member of Hudson Pride Center, the largest LGBTQ+ center in the state, advocating for a variety of groups, primarily child safety.

Dominique Smith is an engaged community leader and accomplished higher education professional with over 10 years of experience teaching leadership, facilitating college and career readiness initiatives, student recruitment, and academic success programming.

Dominique is the daughter of a Jersey City public school educator and is a product of Jersey City public schools.

Together, Gangadin, Abadie and Smith will bring innovative and inclusive leadership for Jersey City’s future.

For more information about Team Gangadin, Abadie and Smith, visit their Facebook page at

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

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