Ana Mascenik and President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, posed for a picture at the Democratic National Convention and learned that they share a passion for teaching.
“Barack and I didn’t grow up with much in the way of wealth but we were blessed with a mother who taught us that education is the surest path from limited means to limitless opportunity,” said Soetoro-Ng. “She inspired me to become a teacher. And she inspired Barack’s deep commitment to giving all our young people the opportunities our education gave us.”
“President Obama’s made sure more of our youngest children have the stable foundation that Head Start provides,” said Mascenik, a retired teacher and principal. “He’s saved the jobs of teachers in our schools and he has helped more of our students afford a higher education.”
Mascenik, and vice principal Jose Santos, are running for the Perth Amboy City Council on mayoral challenger Billy Delgado’s slate.
Only Delgado and incumbent Wilda Diaz are running with allied City Council candidates and support from contenders seeking election to the school board, leading many observers to speculate that the contest has boiled down to a two-way race.
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