Principal Endorses DaSilva

ELIZABETH – Arron Goldblatt, an Elmora resident and School 16 principal, says taxpayers should elect Armando DaSilva to city council.

“Armando DaSilva respects the values of our community and he understands what is important to the families who reside in our city,” said Goldblatt.


DaSilva is one of the Democrats for Change candidates who proposed a detailed anti-crime plan the same week two men were shot and killed. The Regular Political Organization incumbent, Joseph Keenan, sent voters a mailing earlier in the week claiming that the city if safe.

“I worked with Armando when he was school board president, so I know he is acutely aware of the issues and realities of governing,” said Goldblatt.

Goldblatt said that although he and most educators avoid politics, the Column B Democrats for Change offer new hope in the face of difficult challenges.

“I often hear politicians give complaints but no solutions, but that is not the case with DaSilva and his team,” he said.

Goldblatt noted that there were no tax increases for school in most years DaSilva served on the Board of Education.

“The quality of life in our neighborhoods has declined in the last four years,” said Goldblatt. “I want to see the kind of improvements Armando has described and I know he will work to achieve this vision because he has children and a home that make him invested in the city and its future.”

Keenan, who retired as library director before seeking election four years ago, was defeated by then-Councilman Bob Jaspan in a close election in which he claimed that his opponent moved out of Elizabeth. Those results were overturned by a Superior Court judge, who ordered a “do over” election that Keenan was able to win.

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