BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education has appointed a current candidate to fill an open seat following former member Jeffrey Brookner’s resignation.

School board president Jill Gladstone announced Oct. 7 that resident Steven Singer had been appointed to fill the seat left vacant in late September by Brookner. The appointment is pending upon Singer fulfilling a standard criminal background check.

The board had considered two candidates for the position before ultimately settling on Singer, who is currently running for board of education in the November elections.

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Singer said he is honored to be appointed to the board to finish out Brookner’s term. And he, along with current members Jill Gladstone and Lynne Hurley, is running unopposed for three open spots on the board in November.

“I have a great deal of respect for the members of the board, who devote an immense amount of time and energy to ensuring our schools are well run,” he said. “I look forward to working with the members of the board on the issues facing the district, including security enhancements and alternative school start times.”

“I would also like to thank Jeff Brookner for his support and for his years of service to the community,” he added. “Jeff has provided invaluable insight and leadership to the board of education over the years, and he will be greatly missed.”

Brookner formally resigned from the board Sept. 24 following a 12-year tenure on the school system’s governing body. He said that evening that he had decided to step down at that time to allow his successor more time to assimilate, and deal with such issues as building security, which won’t be finished until after Brookner’s current term expires Dec. 31.

Brookner had called it “a privilege” to have served on the board for the last dozen years, and had also expressed hope that Singer would be the one to succeed him.

Brookner is currently running for mayor of Bridgewater on the Democratic ticket, against Republican candidate and longtime local councilman Matthew Moench, and Libertarian candidate Gregg Mele.