School Elections Today

STATE – On Tuesday, more than 550 of the state’s 603 school districts will hold elections where voters express approval or dissent on proposed budgets for the 2009-10 school year and fill about 1,500 school board seats, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.

Polls are required to be open on April 21 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. but most offer voting hours from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check with your district for specific hours and polling places.

Locally, the following candidates are running for school board seats:


Three seats are available. Incumbents Fred Gerstler and Martin Murray are joined on the ballot by William Davis and Danielle DeStefano.


Three seats are available. Incumbents Jill Curran, Gregory DeSalvo and Henry R. Varriano are running unopposed.


Three seats are available. Newcomers Ralph Errico, Natu Patel, Christina Olsen-HusseinAlka Aneja, Dr. Frank Heelan and John Szilagyi Jr. are challenging incumbents David J. Dickinson, Joseph Romano and Deborah A. Anes.


Seven candidates are seeking three three-year terms. Incumbents Raul Burgos and Armando Da Silva are seeking re-election. They are joined on the ballot by Eley Castillo-Ospina, Maria DaRassi, John Donoso, Stan Neron and Robert Petty. Board member Jeremiah Grace is not seeking re-election.

Eddie Branquinho, appointed to the board to replace Tony Monteiro in November, will be unopposed in his bid to complete the final year of the term.


Ten candidates are seeking three three-year terms. Incumbents William Motley and Raymond J. Topoleski are running along with former board member Nicholas Nigro and newcomers Joann M. Fruciano, Manuel Donelson, Zephaniah Gibson, Tracy Nunez, Charlette Richardson, Darell Richardson and Jacqueline D. Williams.


Three seats are available. Incumbents Mary T. Kohl and Frances Brennan, and challengers Tanya Andrews and JoAnn Sabatino-Falkenstein are on the ballot.

Perth Amboy

Three seats are available. Incumbent Joel Pabon Sr. is running along with Nikole Collins-Puri, Victor Robinson Coronado, Obdulia Gonzalez, Samuel Lebreault, Lisa Nanton, Kenneth Puccio, Maria Valdez and Israel Varela.


Three three-year seats are up for election. The three incumbents are seeking re-election: Theresa Mikajlo, Lillie Henderson and Michael Staryak. Bernard Robson, a former board member, is also running.


Three seats are available. Incumbents Kevin E. Ciak and Jill Trapp and newcomers Helen Bruno-Raccuia and Laurie Esposito are running. Board member Leonard W. Zaleski will not seek reelection, according to officials.

South Amboy

Two people — Lynn Kasics and Paula L. Taggart — filed to run for three available board seats. Incumbents Bernadette Beck, Thomas Reilly and Corey La Vigne are not seeking reelection, officials said.


Nine candidates are seeking three seats. Incumbents Judy Leidner of Iselin and Larry Miloscia in Port Reading are seeking their fourth and third terms, respectively, while six newcomers are also running. They are Monica Michelle Smith of Colonia, Ezio Tamburello of Colonia, Peter Romanienko of Woodbridge proper, Andrew Zajcek Jr. of Woodbridge proper, Paul Lund of Hopelawn, Bill Neveil of Sewaren and Patricia H. Ryan of Colonia.

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