BARNEGAT, NJ – Eight Board of Education candidates are signed up for three open seats in the upcoming local school board elections. No doubt prospective voters want to know where each of the candidates stands on the issues facing the Barnegat School District. In October, all eight have the opportunity to participate in a debate soon to be scheduled at Barnegat High School.

TAPintoBarnegatWaretown has asked the League of Women Voters to moderate the debate. All but three of the candidates have responded to a request for their availability to coordinate scheduling of the event. It is unknown if these candidates will appear once the date is announced.

Two current Board of Education members, Scott Sarno and Pete Toth,  are up for reelection under the slogan “Keeping Barnegat Great” Wayne Eslinger has also registered as a school board candidate with the same slogan.

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Candidates Richard Quelch, Robert Sawicki and Sean O’Brien have registered as Board of Education candidates with the slogan “A New Voice.” George Fedorczyk, Jr,’s slogan is “Progress for Education,” and S.D. Verdolino is running under the slogan “Make Education Great!”

Board of Education elections are considered non-partisan. Interested members of the community, including PTA members are invited to submit questions for the candidates to answer.

TAPintoBarnegatWaretown has also invited prospective candidates for both the school board and Township Committee to submit statements for publication.

Anyone with questions is welcome to send an email to