Promoted from the diaries — Juan
The following piece, which is cross-posted at The Englewood Report, is written by Dierdre Glenn Paul, a 14-year resident of Englewood. She is the first African American female president of the Montclair State University Federation of Teachers and the first African American female Executive Vice President of the Council of New Jersey State College Locals. In 2007, she ran for Englewood City Council.
During the time that I campaigned and all sorts of Englewood political insiders complained about party boss Joe Ferriero, I reserved judgment. Although there were clear indications that he helped my opponent to regain his Fourth Ward Council seat and continue the duo’s quest to pimp those portions of the Fourth Ward that developers haven’t yet been permitted to pillage, I maintained my stance that I did not have enough information to take any position for or against Mr. Ferriero. After all, as an academic, I have been trained to suspend judgment and analyze facts.
Now, however, the proverbial shit has hit the fan and I am damned mad. I was incredulous when I first read that Mr. Ferriero had decided to nominate Rev. Vernon Walton to fill Connie Wagner’s now vacant Bergen County Freeholder slot. My disbelief had very little to do with the facts that Reverend Walton had accomplished the politically unheard of (in losing his Council-at-Large seat to Gordon Johnson–as an incumbent?only to later be considered for freeholder) or that the other frontrunner was Zonnie Lesane, a Black female who ran for the General Assembly (Democratic Line) in District 40 and received 16% of the vote.