HIGHLANDS – With two full three year terms up for election on the Highlands Borough Council, and deadline less than five days away for filing, no candidates have filed for election to the Borough council in the November election.

Since the borough is a non-partisan form of government, the deadline for filing to appear on the ballot is not until 4 p.m. Aug. 30, while partisan candidates in other municipalities had to file in April to appear in primary elections last June.

In Highlands, Councilwoman Linda Mazzola announced this week she is not seeking a second term when her term expires Dec. 31.

KL Martin won a one year term last year and the full three year term for that position is up for election this year.  As of today, Martin has not filed his intention to seek the full term.

Former Councilwoman Claudette Arrigo, a frequent outspoken critic of Mayor Carolyn Broullon, with whom she served on Council several years ago, could not be contacted to confirm whether she will seek the seat being vacated by Mazzola.


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Highlands Councilwoman Linda Mazzola
Highlands Councilwoman Linda Mazzola

Mazzola, throughout the year, has been the only member of the five member governing body to cast a dissenting or different vote from the other four, with the one exception when Martin voted one way on a $10 million question at one meeting and immediately changed his vote at the next meeting he attended.  At that time, Martin explained his change of vote by saying he is a “very complicated person.”

Former Councilwoman Rebecca Kane, who in the past has indicated she would seek another term on the governing body, could not be contacted to see whether she plans to seek Mazzola’s seat.  

In addition to the Aug. 30 deadline for filing petitions, state law also sets a Sept 2 deadline for any amendments to defective petitions for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November general election.

Applications for filing for election to a seat on the governing body are available at the clerk’s office, the same place where petitions are to be filed before 4 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2021.

According to the Monmouth County Clerk Election website:

Deadlines:

Municipal Elections

August 30
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for Municipal Non-Partisan Candidates to be voted at the November General Election
(on or before 64th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 40:45-8

School Board Elections

August 30
Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for New Nomination Petition to fill a Vacancy for
Independent Candidates and School Election & Fire District Candidates for the General
Election
(before 4:00 p.m. on or before 64th day prior to election)
N.J.S.A. 19:13-19

No petition has been filed for either of the two full terms available on the Henry Hudson Regional School District Board of Education.

Tracy Muvaney has filed as a candidate for the one seat available for the two-year unexpired term on the Henry Hudson Regional School District Board of Education.

Four candidates have filed to run for the three full-term seats available on Highlands Board of Education: Robyn Sanfratello, Regina Melnyk, Irene Campbell, and Serena Jerinsky


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