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BY CLYDE HUGHES | AC JosepH Media
VINELAND — Longtime educator Dr. Priscilla Ocasio-Jimenez is running for Cumberland County Commissioner for the second consecutive year.
For the past several months, Ocasio-Jimenez and her running mate, incumbent Darlene Barber, has been barnstorming across the county trying to capture the two open seats against Republicans Victoria Lods and Doug Albrecht.
If she wins, she will become the first Latina elected to the board. Republican Tony Romero became the first Latino to win a seat on the board last year in the race Ocasio-Jimenez participated in.
Ocasio-Jimenez, a cancer survivor, has spent most of her adult life teaching South Jersey children as an educator. She started teaching Spanish in the Vineland School District before joining the Pittsgrove Township School District in 2001.
She rose up the ranks to assistant principal and served as principal for Pittsgrove Middle School for about 15 years. She has led Norma Elementary for the past two years, a job she said she “loves.”
Ocasio-Jimenez earned her bachelor’s at Stockton University in Atlantic County and her doctorate from Wilmington University in 2012.
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