Four residents win seats on Marlboro K-8 school board

MARLBORO – Patricia Branch, Randy Heller, Jennifer Silacci and Robert Daniel have been elected to seats on the Marlboro K-8 School District Board of Education.

In the Nov. 5 election for three three-year terms, Branch, an incumbent, received 3,432 votes, Silacci, a newcomer, received 3,468 votes, and Heller, an incumbent, received 3,167 votes to claim the three available seats.

Incumbent board member Dara Enny received 2,508 votes.

Daniel, an incumbent, ran unopposed for a one-year unexpired term and received 3,861 votes.

The results were posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

Commenting on the outcome of the election, Enny said, “Thank you to everyone who supported me in this election and over the past six years. Standing up for what is right may not always be the popular or easiest thing to do, but it is something I will always try to do. Congratulations to everyone who was elected. I hope moving forward they, too, will do what is best for the children and the taxpayers … our community.”

Branch, who was appointed to an open seat on the board in January, won her first full term. She said, “Thank you to the residents for electing me to the board. I look forward to an additional three years advocating for our children.

“Every child in this district should be supported at all levels of learning and I will continue to build on our efforts thus far. We deserve to feel safe in our schools and so I will work to ensure that safety continues to be a priority.

“In addition, I will work with board members and the administration to develop and support innovative ideas and solutions that are fiscally responsible,” Branch said.

Heller, who won his second term, said, “I want to personally thank the entire community as well as my neighbors, friends and family for their continued support. I am extremely grateful and appreciative to be elected to the board and to proudly serve the public for a second term.

“I will continue to spearhead common sense initiatives that support our students, teachers and families. I look forward to working with my esteemed colleagues and the school district administration to continue moving Marlboro in the right direction.

“As a parent of four and a volunteer coach, I am fully vested in the academic and personal well-being of all children. Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to best serve our community,” Heller said.

Silacci, who won her first term, said, “Thank you to the residents for supporting my decision to run. I am very excited to be a part of the board. I look forward to advocating for our children and to making sure every child in this district is supported at all levels of learning. I will do the best I can to make sure all of our schools continue to be safe and keep it a priority.”

The new terms will begin in January.