WESTFIELD, NJ — Two of the eight candidates who filed to run for Westfield’s Board of Education in November have dropped out, Westfield Public Schools announced on its website Monday. Evan Molloy and Anastasia Harrison have withdrawn their names as candidates, it said.

When contacted by TAP into Westfield Monday evening, Harrison explained why she told the BOE that day that she was dropping out.

“Due to a recent family health matter I feel that I will not be able to focus on the position for the Westfield Board of Education,” she wrote in an email. “I have decided to withdraw from the race but, unfortunately, I cannot because the ballots have already been printed and are being sent to the voters. Please take the time to know the other six candidates and cast your votes confidently. I wish the other candidates the best of luck!”

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Molloy had not been in touch with TAP into Westfield.

This leaves incumbent Mark Friedman, David Sexton, Michael Bielen, Noreen Coleman, Margaret Oster and Christopher Langhart to vie for the three expiring three-year terms.

On Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m., the Parent Teacher Council will host Candidates Night in the Westfield High School auditorium. The election will take place Nov. 4.

Board of Education candidates are invited to submit candidate statements to TAP into Westfield up to once a week. To read our election policies, click here.