RANDOLPH, NJ - Monday was the deadline for board of education candidates to file their nominating petitions. Candidates had to file their petitions with the Morris County Clerk's Office by 4 p.m.
This year six candidates have submitted petitions to run for three seats, five for a three-year term on the Board of Education and one for a one-year unfinished term.
Anne Standridge, who has sat on the board since 2012, is seeking re-election for her third 3 year term. Board member Tammy Mackay is running unopposed for the year left in Matos' unexpired term. She has served on the board since 2009.
Mackay explained, "I have had the privilege of serving as a Member of the Randolph Township Board of Education since 2009. I still have a strong desire to serve and I believe that the knowledge and experience that I have gained during my time on the Board will help me contribute to the continued success of our District. I am running for the one-year unexpired term because, at this time, I am not able to commit to serve for a full-three year term for personal reasons."
Stacy White, who was appointed this year to fill the unexpired term of Colleen Pascale, is seeking a full three-year term.
White explained, "Having been on the BOE for less than 5 months, I can see that there is much work to be done to make our District more unified. I am running for a full term now because I know that I can help create an environment where teachers and students can express their opinions freely and to make teachers feel supported. If I am voted in, I hope to be on the personnel and negotiations committees where I believe my legal background makes me best suited to ensure the teachers interests are protected, while also making sure students receive the best education possible. I would also like to see more forums where the public can have an open dialogue with the Superintendent and/or the administration in general."
Robert Soni, who was just appointed to fill the unexpired seat left vacant by long-time board member Al Matos on Tuesday, July 24, is also seeking a full three year term.
Soni expressed, "I believe in Randolph schools and have a strong desire to lead and shape the district. I have a qualified background in education, decision making, advocacy and operations that will strengthen the board. I am vested in the direct as I will have children in the district for six more years." He continued "I also believe that the board helps define the culture of the school community. It's critical that they help define a culture of respect and community that ensures that all children receive a highly valued education."
In addition, some new names will be on the ballot including Heritage Court resident Ron Hadley, Crestwood Drive resident Allison Manfred, and Helena Drive resident Eliza Schleifstein. Schleifstein had competed with Soni for the appointment to the Matos vacancy and Allison had also sat on a panel to join the board versus Stacy White this year.
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.