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UPDATED: Five Candidates File for South Brunswick BOE Election

Five candidates, including two incumbents, running for three open seats on the South Brunswick Board of Education.

Editor's note: Due to an error by the Middlesex County Clerk's office, one name was omitted from the list of candidates who filed to run for the South Brunswick Board of Education. Peter St. Vincent, of Kendall Park, was not included with the initial list of candidates.

Voters will decide between five candidates in November's election for three open seats on the South Brunswick Board of Education. The seats of current Board President Stephen Parker and Barry Nathanson are up for election, along with a seat vacated when Elizabeth Chang resigned from the board on April 16.

Both Nathanson, of Monmouth Junction, and Parker, of Monmouth Junction, filed for re-election. They will be challenged by Azra Baig, of Rocky Hill Road, Raymond Kuehner, of Dayton, and Peter St. Vincent, of Kendall Park, according to the Middlesex County Clerk's Office.

Nathanson is seeking his fourth term on the board, while Parker will be seeking a third term. After Chang's resignation due to time constraints as a college student, the board selected former President Martin Abschutz to serve the remaining months of her unexpired term. Abschutz said at the time of his appointment that he would not seek re-election for the seat in November. 

"One of the things I made crystal clear in my application and subsequent interview is that I have no interest in seeking a full term," he said.

Terms for board of education members are for three years, and newly elected members will begin their terms in January.

Elections will be held Nov. 6, following the board's decision to move elections from April to November, in line with the general election.

According to the New Jersey School Boards Association, 468 school districts from throughout the state, representing more than 85 percent of the state's elected school boards, voted to move school board elections to Nov. 6.

"Serving on a school board is a challenging and rewarding form of public service,” John Bulina, NJSBA president, said in a press release. “It certainly is one way to make a profound impact on your community.”

Winston June 08, 2012 at 03:39 PM
IN MY OPINION.....Barry and Steve should move on. Anyone attending the public meetings can see that they are an embarrassment to the community and democratic process. They no longer represent the taxpayer and are nothing but puppets for the political machine, special interests and Unions.

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