Slates set for April 20 school board elections

Contested elections for boards in Long Branch and Monmouth Beach

The following is a list of candidates who have filed for election to local Boards of Education. The election is April 20, and voters also will have the opportunity then to pass on the budget of their local school board.

The hour that the polls open varies from school district to school district, but they all close at 9 p.m.


In Eatontown, three candidates are running unopposed for three, three-year terms on the Board of Education and one person is running unopposed for a one-year unexpired term.

The three candidates running for the three-year seats, all of whom currently sit on the board, are Joseph Gaetano, of 72 South St.; Mark Van Wagner, of 341 Grant Ave.; and Kevin Gonzalez, of 4 Surrey Lane. Gaetano and Van Wagner are completing three-year terms and seeking re-election. Gonzalez is completing the first year of a two-year unexpired term and is running for a three-year seat being vacated by board member Sandra Staba.

Gonzalez had been a board member in the past but was defeated for re-election last year by two votes. When a seat on the board opened up soon after the election, when Michael McDonnell moved out of town, Gonzalez was appointed to serve out the remainder of McDonnell’s three-year term.

Running unopposed for the one-year term remaining from McDonnell’s tenure, which Gonzalez is leaving, is Mark Kramer, of 406 Grant Ave.

Long Branch

Three incumbents and three newcomers have filed to run for three open, three year terms on the school board.

The current board members seeking re-election are Armand R. Zambrano Jr., of 117 Vanderbuilt Ave.; Avery Grant, of 405 Atlantic Ave.; and Michelle Critelli, of 510 Westwood Ave.

Challenging them for the seats are: Lorenzo (Bill) Dangler, of 112 Seventh Ave.; Kevin Cieri, of 387 Brighton Ave.; and Lucille Famulary, of 385 Ocean Blvd.

Monmouth Beach

Five persons, including one incumbent, have filed to run for three three-year terms at stake on the Monmouth Beach Board of Education. The two incumbents who are not seeking re-election are Joan Delehanty and Pat Emergy. Running for the three seats are incumbent Mary Kay Wedel, of 3 Seacrest Road; and newcomers Jim Murphy, of 1 Wesley St.; David C. Robert, of 40 Monmouth Parkway; Paul Sgro, of 1 Patricia Court; and Albert F. Starzinski, of 50 Monmouth Parkway.

Ocean Township

Two incumbents and one newcomer have applied to run for the three seats to be filled in the April 20 election.

Raymond Mennell, of 2101 Logan Road, and Peter Bartlett, of 418 Redmand Ave., are seeking re-election, and John Oltarzewski, of 38 Heath Ave., is running unopposed for his first term.

West Long Branch

Five persons initially filed for the three openings on the West Long Branch Board of Education, but two have since withdrawn, leaving the other three to run unopposed.

The three seats at stake in the election are currently held by Sarah O’Neill, president of the board; Annette Hurley and Colleen O’Donnell.

The three persons now running unopposed for those three seats are Hurley, of 74 Girard Ave., the only incumbent still in the election; Dina O’Hare, of 79 Girard Ave.; and Steven Fineberg, of 32 Muncy Drive.

O’Neill initially filed for re-election but withdrew. Paul Christopher, of 41 Poplar Ave., also filed for as a candidate but withdrew.

— Christine Varno,

Sherry Conohan