Incumbents win seats on Milltown Board of Education


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MILLTOWN – Three incumbents won the three, three-year seats that were available on the Board of Education in the election on Nov. 3.

According to results certified by the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office on Nov. 20, JoAnne Demetrio received the most votes with 2,607, Mary O’Mara received 2,281 votes and James Lloyd received 2,099 votes.

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The three incumbents were challenged by newcomer Egnita Pardo, who ran as a write-in candidate.

There were 403 total write-in votes.

Lloyd will begin his third term in January.

“I’m happy to have been re-elected by the voters of Milltown and want to remain committed to all Milltown students regardless of race, ethnicity, economic class, disability, or anything else as I carry out my duties,” he said. “As I mentioned before the election, the foremost concern is the COVID-19 pandemic, and what’s shaping up to be a difficult winter. I’ll continue to work with the faculty, staff and administration to ensure that the children of Milltown learn, and do so safely, for themselves and the larger community. It’s going to be critical to maintain communication and connection with the larger community through this process, and I will do my best to facilitate that.”

O’Mara will begin her second term in January.

“I’m looking forward to collaborating with my Board of Education (BOE) colleagues and using my experience as a teacher to identify the most pressing issues for our students,” she said, noting “academic rigor, social/emotional learning and integration into the classroom, and support for teachers and students during the pandemic for virtual learning.”

During the election, Demetrio said she was running for another term on the board because “as an educator, my whole life has revolved around educating children.”

“I think I offer an expertise and insight to the educational experience that is useful to the board,” she said. “My special interest is in curricula. I think it is important that we keep up with changes and ensure that our children are given the opportunity to be exposed to the most current information possible. I have been involved as the curriculum chair and hope to continue as a board member. Milltown has done an outstanding job educating our children and I take pride in being a part of contributing to the process.”

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