The school board race in Haddonfield has generated interest in the ballot on Tuesday's general election.
Five candidates are running for three, three-year terms on the nine-member borough school board.
The candidates are Matthew Bass, an attorney specializing in municipal and school matters, Carlton Chin, 48, a financial and risk consultant, Amy Keys Shaw, 49, an attorney and social services policy analyst for the state, Mary Fagan, 58, who has had a career in healthcare research and marketing and David Siedell, 42, a senior director of learning technology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
In Haddon Township, there are four candidates for three, three-year terms on the nine-member board. Incumbents Mark Cavallo, James Mulroy and Bonnie Richards face one challenger, James Lex Jr. Cavallo is the board president and also the chief of police.
In an election season dominated by the New Jersey governor’s
race, there’s no shortage of other races crowding the ballot in Camden County.
Besides the governor and various local races, including decisions on school board members, voters will have to consider county and 6th District legislative races, as well as two ballot questions.
At the county level, voters will choose two freeholders; incumbent Democrats Edward McDonnell and Carmen Rodriguez face Republicans Kimone Smith and Ian Gill, as well as a pair of independents—Kathleen Kunyckza, who’s running under the Government Reform banner, and Kathryn Petner, who’s running under the People’s Choice banner.
In the 6th District, voters will have to pick both a state senator and two assembly representatives. Incumbent Sen. James Beach faces Republican challenger Sudhir Deshmukh; in the Asssembly race, incumbents Lou Greenwald and Pamela Lampitt face Republicans Chris Leone-Swillinger, who ran unsuccessfully for sheriff last year, and George Fisher, who was a late addition to the ballot.
A pair of statewide ballot questions are also up—voters will have to consider whether to increase the state minimum wage to $8.25 an hour, with automatic cost-of-living increases built in to future years, and whether to allow veterans groups to run games of chance and use the money raised from those to fund their organizations.
BILL DUHART (EDITOR) CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT