BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Five candidates will be competing for one for three seats on the Bernards Township Board of Education in this November's election.
Three first-time candidates filed, along with two incumbents, for the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
Filing for the first time are: Lauren Beckman of 25 Hunters Lane; Ruchika S. Hira, 89 Morristown Road, and Stephanus “Iwan” Juwana, 1250 Thackeray Drive, all Basking Ridge post office addresses.
Karen Gray, currently the board vice president and chairwoman of the curriculum committee, is running for another term. She lives at 22 Dawn Drive.
Suzanne Schafer Skalski, who won election last November and began a one-year term in January, is now seeking a full three-year term. She lives at 25 Dawn Drive.
Hira drew the first ballot position in the draw Monday afternoon at the county clerk’s office. She is a family law attorney who says she has certification in mediating disputes. She and her husband have two children, one in elementary school.
Juwana will be in the second position on the ballot, with Skalski third, Beckman fourth and Gray fifth.
Other than Hira, candidates didn’t provide information upon request.
Michael Byrne, longest-serving board member, did not seek re-election
Michael Byrne, who said he started serving in the mid-1980s and is the most senior member on the board, declined to run again.
Prospective candidates must have lived in town for at least one year, have no pending claims against the board and obtain a minimum of 10 signatures on a petition.