SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Two incumbents and three challengers are vying for the three open Board of Education seats in this November’s election.
According to the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office, incumbents Azra Baig and Harry Delgado will run against challengers Lisa Rodgers, Laszlo Nyitrai and Anilkumar Patel.
The deadline to file petitions in the race was 4 p.m. Monday.
Delgado, a retired police officer, is looking for his eighth three-year term on the board, spanning more than two decades.
A registered nurse, Baig is seeking her second term and is currently the only woman on the panel.
Patel is running for a third time to get onto the board, and works in the telecommunications industry.
Nyitrai is a South Brunswick Police officer and is running for the first time.
Also running for the first time is Rodgers, an education activist.
Three, three-year seats are up for grabs in this election after incumbent and Board Vice President Dan Boyle decided not to seek re-election in order to spend more time with his family.
This election comes as the board begins to search for a new superintendent of schools.
Former Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jellig resigned his position in May after a whirlwind of controversy including allegations of creating a hostile work environment and inappropriate behavior by his leadership team with female employees in the district.
Recently the board approved $12,000 to Interim Superintendent Dr. Gary McCartney’s consulting company to help fill the vacancy.
Dr. McCartney, who helmed the district from 2004-2014, was brought back following Dr. Jellig’s resignation.
In addition to the shake up in the district office, this coming board term will continue to deal with the controversial gender neutral mandate from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice that requires public schools and universities to allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and showers that are not in line with their biological gender.
It will continue to deal with the PARCC testing, which will be in its third year.
The general election is scheduled for Nov. 8.
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