Southern, Stafford School Boards Will Have at Least One New Face Next Year

By David Biggy | Aug 07, 2019

Stafford Township — For certain, the Southern Regional and Stafford Township boards of education will have at least one new member helping to make decisions come January. Last week, the Ocean County clerk’s office released the list of school board candidates on the slate for the Nov. 5 election, and two individuals have emerged as potential members after one from each board opted not to seek re-election.

With the terms of R. Scott Zoladz, Scott R. McDonough and Kevin C. Lyons Sr. scheduled to conclude at the end of the year, the Southern Regional board has three seats that need to be filled for three-year terms starting in 2020. Lyons, a Stafford Township representative, and Zoladz, a Long Beach Island representative, are seeking re-election, but McDonough chose not to run for re-election, leaving his seat open for a newcomer.

James Donahower has filed for candidacy for Southern’s board after spending the past four years on the Long Beach Island Board of Education. Donahower, of Harvey Cedars, is the only other candidate who will be on the ballot.

As for the Stafford Township Board of Education, Vice President Richard Czajkowski is not seeking re-election this year, leaving open his spot on the nine-member board. Current president Walter L. Jauch and Joseph Mangino, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor last year, are both seeking re-election. Mark Zoladz of Joshua Drive is the third candidate on the list going after a three-year term.

While each board has three candidates vying for three open seats, it is not a guarantee those individuals will be the ones occupying them come each board’s reorganization meetings at the beginning of January.

Write-in candidates still can campaign and attempt to garner enough votes to be among the top-three selections on Election Day.

The deadline for filing an intent-for-candidacy petition with the clerk’s office was July 29.  —D.B.


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