ELIZABETH — Two former public officials and the principal of a local school are supporting Marvelis Perreira’s bid to unseat Fifth Ward Councilman Bill Gallman in next week’s election.
Perreira has the backing of former councilman Tony Monteiro, former freeholder Donald Goncalves and Aaron Goldblatt, the principal of Madison Monroe School #16.
“Marvelis is committed to fighting the threat posed by gun violence and other crimes, which have been ignored by City Hall for too long,” said Monteiro. “She will work to make North Elizabeth a safer place.”
“As both a mother and a teacher, Marvelis understands the importance of education and wants to make North Elizabeth a better place for children to grow up,” said Goldblatt.
“Marvelis is committed to our community,” said Goncalves. “She is working with Mothers Against Reckless Violence to advocate tougher action to get guns off our city’s streets and is part of several other community groups.”
Though she is waging an independent campaign against Gallman, Perreira is an elected member of the Union County Democratic Committee.
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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