HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - John Oliver, a lifelong resident of Somerset County and a resident of Hillsborough since 1983 and Paul Marini, a resident of Hillsborough since 2010, have announced their candidacy for the Hillsborough Board of Education.
Marini, a lifelong Democrat, and Oliver, a lifelong Republican, have joined together under the banner of Education Above Politics.
“I love our town.” said Oliver, vice president of Commercial Lending for Provident Bank. “But as I watch the inaction in Washington D.C., in Trenton, and now at our own school board, I knew something had to be done to shake up the current board if we want Hillsborough Schools to stay at the forefront.”
“You have two members of the current board who ran and lost for township committee. You have two more who are currently elected as Democrat committee people,” added Marini, director of Compliance for Sparta Systems. “Are the votes being cast in the best interest of our children or are these individuals voting in pursuit of something else? We need people like John and myself who are committed to the children of our districts above everything else.”
Oliver has served on the NJ Golf Foundation (the charitable arm of the New Jersey PGA) since 2004 and currently holds the position of treasurer. He also started SNAP, a golf program for children with autism in Morristown.
“Between the failed referendum, the current busing situation, the treatment of our special needs kids at the Hillsborough Prom, and the new ‘pay to do anything’ mentality at the high school, it's crystal clear we need new faces at the board level that won’t be a rubber stamp anymore,” Oliver said.
Marini has two daughters in the district who attend Hillsborough Elementary School and Auten Road Intermediate School.
Marini just completed a two-year term as treasurer of the HES Home and School Association.
“From my time serving as Treasurer of the HES Home and School Association, and watching my kids go through our school system, it's painfully obvious that we need a new commitment to our students and our teachers," he said. "Laying off 37 classroom teachers was a disgrace to our district and every member who voted for that budget should be ashamed.”
“We need to settle a contract with our teachers so we can start moving forward. John and I are committed to making our school system better while being a fiscal watchdog for our residents,” he added.
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