Races set for area school board elections No contest in races for several boards, including Shore Regional High School

Races set for area school board elections
No contest in races
for several boards,
including Shore Regional High School

The lineups of candidates for election to local and regional school boards are now set with the passing of the deadline Tuesday to file for a position on the ballot.

In addition to candidates, voters will be passing judgment on proposed school budgets in the election, scheduled for April 16.

The candidates who are running for election are as follows:

In Long Branch, there are four candidates for the three three-year terms on the ballot. The three incumbents are all seeking re-election. They are Violeta Peters of 710 Wertheim Place, who has served on the board for 12 years; Rose Widdis of Hulick Avenue, who has served six years on the board, and Joe Sirianni of 23 Community Place, who has served 12 years.

They are being challenged by Harold "Pudgy" Cooper, of 113 South Seventh Ave.


There are elections for the Shore Regional High School Board of Education in two of the four towns in the district — West Long Branch and Oceanport.

There is no seat on the board from Monmouth Beach or Sea Bright on the ballot this year.

In West Long Branch, there is no contest for the two three-year terms or one unexpired two-year term on the ballot. Incumbents are running for all the seats.

Seeking election to the three-year terms are Russell Olivadotti of 15 Slocum St. and Ronald O’Neill of 17 Windsor Drive. Roderick Petschauer of 11 Ridge Road, who was appointed to the board in September to fill a vacancy, is running for the two-year unexpired term.

In Oceanport, one three-year seat will be filled this year, and the only person seeking the position is incumbent Tadeusz "Ted" Szczurek, of 20 Burnt Mill Circle.


There will be no contest in West Long Branch. Three three-year terms on the Board of Education are up for election and the three incumbents are the only candidates to file for them. They are Dennis Coffey of 18 Linden Ave.; Edwin T. Hunter of 9 Lloyd Ave., and Christine Critelli of 79 Cooper Ave.


In Oceanport, two incumbents and one newcomer are running for the three three-year terms up for election. The incumbents seeking re-election are Joseph Henderson of 11 Port-Au-Peck Drive, and Richard McKenna of 119 Sagamore Ave., who was appointed to the board to fill the remaining six months of former member Nancy Stokes. The newcomer seeking election to the board is Robert Huber of 48 Gooseneck Point Road.

Ellen Kahle of 38 Burnt Mill Circle, who had served two terms on the board, chose not to run for an additional term.


There is no contest in Monmouth Beach where two incumbents and one former member are seeking election to the three three-year seats at stake on the Board of Education.

The incumbents running for election are Sue Howard of 39 Highland Ave., the president of the board, and Barbara Giacchi of 72 Ocean Ave. Steven Adams of 41 Monmouth Parkway, who previously served on the board but didn’t run for re-election last year, is seeking the third seat on the ballot.

That seat is currently held by Gerald Chismar, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in September, but chose not to run for a full term.


Three three-year terms and one unexpired one-year term will be on the ballot for the Eatontown Board of Education.

One incumbent and two newcomers are seeking election to the three-year terms. The incumbent is Pamela Clarke, 72 Windsor Drive. Joining her in the uncontested election for the full-term seats are newcomers Michael McDonnell of 3 Oakview Terrace, and John Schiels of 7 Copperfield Court.

There is a contest for the one-year expired term. Two candidates are seeking the seat — Thomas J. Smock of 306 Broad Street, who is currently finishing up a three-year term on the board, and Mark Kramer of 406 Grant Ave.