Voters elect board members in six school districts; Bruno wins FRHSD seat

In addition to voting for governor, representatives of the state Legislature, and municipal and county officials in the 2021 general election, residents also elected members of local school boards.

The 2021 general election was contested with vote by mail ballots; with early in-person voting on nine days in late October; and with in-person voting on Election Day, Nov. 2.

The results of each school board election will remain unofficial until they have been certified by the county. Local races produced the following results:

Colts Neck K-8 School District – Alison De Noia, Brenna Dillon and Amy Dimes appear to have been elected to three-year terms on the Board of Education.

The candidates in the race were De Noia, Dillon, Dimes and incumbent board member Kevin O’Connor.

According to election results posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, De Noia received 2,145 votes, Dillon received 2,262 votes and Dimes received 1,923 votes to win the seats. O’Connor received 1,110 votes.

De Noia, Dillon and Dimes each won their first term. O’Connor’s six year tenure on the board will end in January.

“I am honored to receive the top vote count in the race and am eager to serve the community,” Dillon said. “Now more than ever, I find it so important to ensure that parents have the freedom to parent their children as they see fit.

“I have true skin in the game with two young children who will be learning and growing in this district, and I can promise I will continue to be an advocate and a voice for their schoolmates and parents. Thank you for trusting in me. I look forward to working alongside the others on the board,” she said.

Dimes said, “I am very pleased with the the outcome of the election. I look forward to continuing to serve my community and working with the board members and administration.”

De Noia could not be reached for comment.

O’Connor said, “I congratulate the newly elected board members. I am proud of my six-plus years of service to the community.”

Freehold Borough K-8 School District – Incumbent board member Paul Jensen and newcomers Carrie Conger and Marie De Leon have been elected to three-year terms on the Board of Education in an uncontested race.

According to election results posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Jensen received 1,425 votes, Conger received 1,411 votes and De Leon received 1,384 votes to win the seats.

Board members Jamie Corbett and Ron Reich did not seek re-election.

Freehold Township K-8 School District – Incumbent board members Mary Cozzolino and Kerry Vendittoli and newcomer Neil Garguilo have been elected to three-year terms on the Board of Education.

According to election results posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Cozzolino received 5,732 votes, Vendittoli received 3,457 votes, and Garguilo received 3,440 votes to win the seats.

Falling short in their bid to win a seat on the board were Jennifer Ruhl, who received 3,253 votes; Frank Brooks, who received 3,123 votes; Renata Brand, who received 2,916 votes; Renee Pepia, who received 2,183 votes; and James Gresavage, who received 1,888 votes.

Long-time board member Kay Poklemba-Holtz did not seek re-election.

Freehold Regional High School District – There was a contested race for the Manalapan representative’s seat on the Board of Education.

According to election results posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Jamie Bruno won the three-year term with 7,643 votes, defeating incumbent board member Adam Weiss, who received 3,226 votes.

Under the board’s voting rules, residents of Manalapan and Englishtown were able to vote for Bruno or for Weiss.

There were uncontested races for the Freehold Borough representative’s seat and for one of the two seats that are held by representatives of Howell.

Incumbent Heshy Moses ran unopposed and was re-elected to a three-year term to continue representing Freehold Borough on the board.

Under the board’s voting rules, residents of Freehold Borough and Freehold Township were able to vote for Moses.

Incumbent Peter Bruno ran unopposed and was re-elected to a three-year term to continue representing Howell.

Under the board’s voting rules, residents of Howell and Farmingdale were able to vote for Bruno.

Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District – There were two three-year terms available for representatives of Manalapan and one three-year term available for a representative of Englishtown on the Board of Education.

Jesse Tossetti ran uncontested and received 363 votes in Englishtown to win the right to represent the borough on the school board, according to election results posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

Long-time board member Lori Semel of Englishtown did not seek re-election.

Five Manalapan residents sought two available terms to represent the township and the winning candidates appear to be newcomer David Ferber, who received 5,765 votes, and incumbent board member Brian Graime, who received 4,935 votes.

Incumbent board member Joanne Schechter, 2,837 votes, and newcomers Stacey Einziger, 3,964 votes, and Christy Minetello, 3,186 votes, fell short in their bids to win a seat on the board.

Marlboro K-8 School District – Eight residents ran for three three-year terms on the Board of Education and two residents ran for one two-year unexpired term.

The candidates seeking the three-year terms were Aldo Patruno, Angelo Del Giudice, incumbent board member Paul Ferland, incumbent board member Kathleen Amster, Valentina Mendez, Christina Russotto, Sean McCauley and Elizabeth Sugarman Lawrence.

According to election results posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Russotto, who received 5,077 votes, Amster, who received 4,798 votes, and Patruno, who received 4,557 votes, won the three-year terms.

Ferland received 3,333 votes, Del Giudice received 3,142 votes, Mendez received 2,403 votes, McCauley received 2,142 votes, and Lawrence received 2,048 votes, according to results posted online.

The candidates seeking the two-year unexpired term on the board were Jessica Piernik and Debra Venedam. According to the results posted online, Piernik received 4,403 votes to win the seat. Venedam received 4,050 votes.