BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — There will be no contested races this year in both the Belmar and Lake Como school board elections.

In Belmar, incumbents Lisa Miller and Michele Lomas will seek full three-year seats, while newcomer Kristin Karr will seek a full term, and incumbent Joanne Gray will run to fill an unexpired one-year post.

In Lake Como, incumbents Ellen Higgins and Patricia Gerris are vying for full three-year terms, and newcomer Mary Louise Underhill is looking to fill a one-year unexpired seat.

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This year, Lomas in Belmar and Gerris in Lake Como were appointed to serve out the one year that remained in two unexpired terms on their respective board of education.

All candidates filed their nominating petitions with the Monmouth County Board of Elections by the July 30 deadline. School board elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6.

New Law Allows School Board Candidates to Have Campaign Slogans

For the first time in New Jersey, school board candidates can now run with a campaign slogan, according to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon.

Under a recently enacted state law, these slogans are to be limited to three words, must not contain the name or derivative of a political party and should reflect a principle that the candidate represents, according to a release by the county clerk’s office.

For more information, contact the Monmouth County Clerk of Elections Office at 732-431-7790 or visit its Monmouth County Votes website.

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