This coming Election Day Barnegat residents will have the opportunity to choose from eight candidates to fill three open seats on the school board. After much thought and discussion with family and friends I have decided it is time to become more involved and play a bigger role in the success of our community. I am running for one of the three seats in this year’s school board election.

My intent is to ensure the school board is open and transparent with our entire community and the administration is held accountable to provide the best learning opportunities for our children. I would like to see the board become more proactive with community engagement.

I was born and raised in Barnegat. I attended elementary and middle school here and graduated from high school at Southern Regional. Following high school, I enrolled in Livingston College at Rutgers University where I earned my Baccalaureate Degree. During my freshman year I knew I wanted to do more and enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard.

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While in the guard. I attended Officer Candidate School where I graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate and earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant. I was involved in numerous military operations to include responding to New York on 9/11 and assisting our local communities during Hurricane Sandy. I deployed to Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2011. I retired from the National Guard in 2017 and currently work as a state law enforcement officer. My wife and I are proud parents of two girls who currently attend school in our district.

My decision to run was not considered lightly. The purpose of a school board member is to ensure that all policies and planning are focused on the best interests of our children. Keeping in mind the ever-changing complexities in education, this is not an easy task and is very time-consuming. My military and law enforcement backgrounds have afforded me the opportunity to work in stressful environments and as a result learn effective skills in planning, risk management and decision-making along the way. I feel, with these skills and my ability to listen to both sides of an argument, I can provide our children the best opportunity to be a part of a successful learning environment.

I hope the Barnegat residents will consider me for one of the three seats this November. If you vote for me, you will vote to ensure “Progress for Education.” If any resident would like to reach out to me you can email questions or concerns to georgeforschoolboard@gmail.com or visit my campaign Facebook page.

Remember get out and vote, it’s our right and our opportunity to make a difference.