LONG BEACH ISLAND — Two incumbent Long Beach Island Consolidated Board of Education members are running to retain their seats on the panel, while a third has opted to run for a seat on the Southern Regional Board of Education.
Bonnie Picaro, the current board vice president and one of four women who represent Long Beach Township, has filed a petition to retain her seat. Marilyn Wasilewski, who represents Barnegat Light on the board, also filed with the Ocean County clerk’s office. Harvey Cedars representative James Donahower, however, filed to run for the Southern Regional school board. As of the afternoon of July 30, no one had filed a petition to run for the elementary school board to represent Harvey Cedars. The deadline for filing a petition was Monday, July 29 at 4 p.m.
Picaro is up against Brielle Hoffacker, and Wasilewski faces off against Nancy Spark in the Nov. 5 election. Wasilewski edged out Spark by 10 votes during their previous race three years ago after absentee ballots were counted.
The LBI school board is comprised of nine members, four from Long Beach Township, two from Surf City, and one each from Ship Bottom, Harvey Cedars and Barnegat Light. Those elected to the board serve terms of three years. —G.G.S.