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HIGHLANDS – Both Highlands and Atlantic Highlands failed to have enough candidates run for full terms on two of their three Boards of Election, leaving balloting in the November election up to write-in candidates.

At Henry Hudson Regional where Atlantic Highlands had one seat up for a full term this year, Dr. Craig Domanski is not seeking another term and no one else filed for the position.

Voters in Highlands had two seats for full terms and one for an unexpired term this year in the Henry Hudson school district this year, and neither incumbent David Dowds nor Jenee Johnstone filed for re-election. Tracy Mulvaney, who was appointed last year to fill the vacancy, filed for election to the unexpired two year term.

That means on the seven member board three seats will be determined by write-in votes for three year terms.

The two local school boards both have candidates and vacancies  on the ballot for November.


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In Atlantic Highlands, Karen Masina and Allison Jacobs both filed for reelection, but there is still a vacancy to be filled by write-in ballot. Masina is currently vice president of the board. Board member Dan Sutton did not file for reelection.

Highlands local school Board of Education was the only board to have candidates for all three seats on their seven member board. Incumbents Robyn Sanfratello, Regina Melnyk and Irene Campbell each filed for reelection to full terms, and will be challenged by Serena Jerinsky for one of those seats.

Deadline for Highlands Borough Council seats was also at 4 p.m. yesterday. The Monmouth County Clerks Office said they have not received the names of those who filed for the two positions open this year. Borough clerk Michelle Hutchinson has not returned requests for information.

Incumbent Linda Mazzola said previously she will not seek another term, and incumbent JL Martin, seeking his first full term, also did not indicate whether he is seeking a full term.

Former Mayor Rick O’Neil and former council candidate Mike Warren have both indicated they are seeking the two seats to be decided in November.

Editor’s Note: Highlands Borough Clerk Michelle Hutchinson responded to an email request for the candidate names for the November 2021 Election – 2 seats – with terms to expire 12/31/2024. She writes: “We had 6 submissions yesterday for the November 2021 Election. The candidate names are listed below.”

Melissa Cavaluzzi

Leo Cervantes

Karen Chelak

Melanie Henley Heyn

Richard W. O’Neil

Michael J. Warren

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