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Eight Candidates for Three Board of Ed Seats

The filing deadline for board of education was Tuesday at 4 p.m.

With three open seats on the board of education in November, there are eight residents looking to get a spot on the board.

Incumbents Cynthia Cullen, of Linberger Drive; Patrick Breslin, of Bittersweet Terrace; and Daniel Petrozelli, of Bayberry Road, will be running for new terms.

Breslin is currently serving as board vice president, and was chosen in November to fill an unexpired term vacated by former board member Anda Cytroen.

Also running for one of those three spots are:

  • Jacqueline Barlow, of Dow Road
  • Hany Mostafa, of Riddle Court
  • Kendall Blythe, of Brown Road
  • Aaron Kurdyla, of Thruway Drive
  • Taha Murhaba, of Sussex Avenue

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 ones.

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.”

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