WESTFIELD, NJ — Members of the public are invited to send their questions for Westfield Board of Education Candidates Night to ptc@westfieldnjk12.org, the Westfield Parent Teacher Council has announced.

Hosted by the PTC, Candidates Night will take place on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Westfield High School auditorium.

The event, moderated by a member of the League of Women Voters, is designed to be an opportunity for the four candidates to express their views and positions on issues relevant to the Westfield school district. Each candidate will be asked a variety of questions gathered from the public prior to that evening.

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Each candidate will have two minutes to make a brief opening statement and two minutes to make a closing statement. Response time for questions will be one and one half minutes.  

Four candidates are running for three seats on the Westfield school board.

Running for re-election are Brendan Galligan, Ginny Leiz and newly appointed member Amy Root, who was approved by the board to fill the seat vacated by Mitch Slater in June.  Galligan began his term in 2013. Leiz has been serving since 2001.

Hoping to be elected for the first time is Michael Bielen.  Bielen has run for the  school board before, in 2014, and lost in a tight race that November.

Two candidates — recent Westfield High School graduates Anthony Pericolo and William Harmer — filed to run but have since dropped out of the race.

The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Candidates have been invited to submit statements to TAPinto Westfield up to once a week before the election.