STAFFORD and LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ — Registered voters receive sample ballots well in advance of Election Day. However, that’s not to say that everyone finds time to review them prior to stepping behind the curtain of the voting machine. Although some think it’s only important to cast a ballot in presidential elections, the reality is that local government also impacts lives.
Party affiliations are not named in Board of Education elections, although some candidates run as teams.
Southern Regional High School District Two are running for the Southern Regional Board of Education. They are James Donahower and R. Scott Zoladz. They are running unopposed for the two seats, they appear on all Long Beach Island ballots.
Beach Haven K-6 School District School Board has two candidates running for two seats. They are Jeanne Frazier and Irene Hughes.
Long Beach Township has two running for one seat on the Long Beach Consolidated School District. They are incumbent Bonnie Picaro against Brielle Hoffacker.
Barnegat Light has two candidates running for one seat on the Long Beach Township Consolidated School District. They are Marilyn Wasilewski against Nancy Spark.
Barnegat Light also has two running unopposed for two seats on the Borough Council. Those candidates are Frank Mikuletzsky and Samuel Alloway.
Harvey Cedars has five candidates seeking to fill three open seats on the Harvey Cedars Board of Commissioners. They are Judith Gerkens, John Imperiale, Paul George Rice, Kathleen Ries and Jonathan Oldham.
Stafford Township has Kevin C. Lyons running unopposed for the one available Southern Regional School District seat. The Pre K-6 Stafford Township School District has Joe Mangino, Walter Jauch and Mark Zoladz running unopposed for the three available seats.
Not Just Local Elections
On a County level, two Republican incumbents John P."Jack" Kelly, and Virginia "Ginny" Haines seek reelection as Ocean County Freeholders. Their opponents are Democrats Jean Czarkowski and David T. Wright, as well as IND-Libertarian Daniel Valentine.
Ocean County incumbent Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, a Republican, faces Democrat Gene Davis on the ballot this year.
The New Jersey General Assembly District 9 candidates include incumbents Brian Rumpf and Dianne Gove. Both are Republicans. Sarah Collins and Wayne Lewis are the Democratic state assembly candidates for District 9.
The ballot contains both a state and county public question. The state question concerns approval of a Constitutional Amendment to give certain veterans’ benefits to residents of continuing care retirement communities. The Ocean County question deals with a referendum regarding the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund.
The polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. tomorrow. Those who aren’t sure where to vote can use this handy locater tool.
As soon as possible, TAPinto Stafford-LBI will report local election results. Of course, these are subject to final certification from the Ocean County Board of Elections.