SOMERSET HILLS NJ - There will be contested school board elections in two Somerset Hills towns in the November 7 general election, according to records received from the Somerset County Clerk.
The July 31 petition-filing deadline has passed. Five candidates filed nominating petitions to run for three three-year terms on the Bedminster Township Board of Education. Four candidates filed nominating petitions to represent Bernardsville on the Somerset Hills Board of Education. In the lone uncontested race in the Somerset Hills, one candidate filed a petition to represent Peapack-Gladstone on the Somerset Hills School Board.
Bedminster will see a rare contested race this year. There are three three-year terms on the nine-member school board on the ballot this fall. Incumbents Michael Allegra and Howard Wolkow are running for re-election. In addition to the two incumbents, Ralph W. Wojtech, Giovanna Lamiera and Francis J. Porcelli are seeking a seat on the board.
Bernardsville will see a contest for two of its six seats on the nine-member Somerset Hills Board of Education. Incumbents Sara Sooy and Kathleen A. Tober are running for re-election. In addition to the two incumbents, Patricia Wry and Anthony Sardis are seeking a seat on the board.
Former Somerset Hils School Board President Louis Palma is not seeking re-election. Palma has represented the twin borough on the board for nearly two decades. One Peapack-Gladstone resident has filed a nominating petition. Heather Santoro will run unopposed for for the seat.