Independent Challenges Incumbent In Elizabeth’s 5th Ward

Marvelis Perreira

ELIZABETH — A public school teacher who was elected to the Union County Democratic Committee is making an independent bid against Fifth Ward Councilman Bill Gallman.

“We have had more than 100 murders in Elizabeth since the current councilman was elected eight years ago,” said Marvelis Perreira. “The incumbent is putting a vote off until after the election, but we can be sure he will support another tax increase because he raised taxes every year he has been on the governing body.”

“As a mother, I am making a key issue of the threat posed by gun violence and other crimes, which have been ignored by City Hall for too long,” said Perreira. “We need tougher enforcement of existing statutes and we must close senseless loopholes in federal laws that allow many firearms to slip into the underground market.”

Working with Mothers Against Reckless Violence, Perreira is helping make Elizabeth safer by advocating tougher action to get guns off the streets.

After attending the Elizabeth public schools, Perreira earned her BA in Business Administration at American Intercontinental University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and her Master’s Certification in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Since 2002, she’s been an Elizabeth public school teacher, where she has earned recognition for leadership, creativity and high academic performance among her students.

Perreira is also an active member of the community outside the classroom. She is an elected member of the Union County Democratic Committee, an Elizabeth Education Association representative, as well as a member of both the PTA Executive Committee & the New Jersey Education Association.

The 32-year-old teacher has been married for 10 years to Paul Perreira, and they are parents of two children ages 6 and 3.

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