David Watson, historic member of the Bayonne school board, resigns due to move



Bayonne board administrator David Watson has resigned from the board because he left the city, he said.

Watson was the first black official ever to be elected in a city-wide election in Bayonne. He joined the board of directors in January.

“The reason I ran for the Board of Education was because I thought the board should reflect the ethnic diversity a bit more here in Bayonne,” Watson said on Wednesday. “I wish I could have stayed to complete my mandate. “

The board will appoint a new member to complete the remaining two years of Watson’s tenure.

“He will be missed and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors,” Board chair Maria Valado said at Tuesday’s education board meeting.

Watson, a former Bayonne teacher, won last year on a list with Valado and vice-chairman of the board Christopher Munoz, toppling often-controversial incumbent Michael Alonso on the ‘Make Bayonne Great Again’ ticket.

Watson lived in Bayonne for over 50 years and began his career teaching music at the Lycée de Bayonne, his alma mater. He has also toured as a musician, most recently with Alicia Keys for seven years.

The move allowed her family to provide space for her mother-in-law, who had recently moved in with them, Watson said.

“A big part of my heart will always be in Bayonne because of the many years I have spent here,” he said. “I’ve always said I’m a boy from Bayonne, but sometimes the change is good and this one was.”



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