August 05, 2020
By David Biggy
Even though the Southern Regional Board of Education will have no improvements to it next Election Working day on Nov. 3, the Stafford Township Board of Instruction could look considerably distinctive come January.
Ocean County’s submitting deadline for school board candidates was July 27, and seven candidates are on the slate for the three typical open seats readily available at the conclude of this calendar year. Also, the unexpired 1-yr phrase left about from the departure of previous board member Kevin Lyons Jr. will be loaded by anyone new, as Kathleen Pierson opted not to search for election to remain on the board right after staying appointed very last 12 months.
Operating for the three normal seats are incumbents Deborah Lyons, Gerald “Jerry” Simonelli and Patricia Formica. Joining them are Christopher Fritz, James Curcio, Gregory Guido and Kenneth Budinski. Managing, formally unopposed, for the a person-12 months expression will be Erin Sharkey.
Fritz, who expended a lot of a long time as the Stafford Township Law enforcement Department’s Local community Policing officer and retired from the division past year, is managing on the “Community Collectively Wins” workforce with Lyons and Simonelli, whilst the “Accountability and Transparency” team consists of Formica, Curcio and Guido. Budinski is working independently. Sharkey, a 2005 Southern Regional Significant College graduate, also is section of the “Community Alongside one another Wins” slate.
As for the Southern faculty board, incumbents Thomas Serpico and Heather Tatur, now the board’s president and vice president respectively, and Stuart Snyder will run unopposed and likely return for a further a few decades.
Though the aforementioned candidates are the kinds who will be on the official ballot for Nov. 3, it does not prohibit others inside the community to run compose-in campaigns for both board. —D.B.