Disqualified school board election winner Kevin Michael Henry on Tuesday night said he is no longer pursuing plans to run in the 1st Ward.
Henry said he fears he will be blocked from taking office yet again due to his criminal convictions for theft and forgery from 1991 if he wins the 1st Ward city council seat. He said instead he will clear his criminal convictions and run again for a school board seat.
“I see my charges are expungeable. I’ll just wait until November,” said Henry on Wednesday morning. A deacon who runs a reentry program in the city, many have said he is an example of a man who once lived a life of crime, but has successfully rehabilitated himself and is giving back to his community.
Henry had picked up 500 petitions to get himself on the May municipal election ballot a day after he made a scene at the board of education swearing in ceremony hurling racial epithets at state-appointed district superintendent Donnie Evans for being blocked from taking office.
The deacon has since apologized to the families and students who witnessed the riotous scene at the school board reorganization meeting.
After Henry was disqualified the Passaic County superintendent of schools appointed Errol Kerr, the next highest vote-getter, to fill the vacancy. Henry received state wide media attention in 2013 when he heckled governors Chris Christie telling him to: “Fix the public schools!”
Henry won the school board seat without attending a single candidate forum. He said he did not spend any money campaigning.