OCEAN CITY — Three candidates are up for an uncontested race for three open seats on the Ocean City Board of Education in November, after a fourth candidate dropped out.
Paul Jenkins, a newcomer who had filed petitions to run for school board in July, withdrew his candidacy in August, according to Cape May County Clerk Rita Fulginiti.
Dale Braun, an Ocean City Planning Board member, will join incumbents Greg Whelan and Tiffany Prettyman on the ballot. All three candidates seek three-year terms.
Braun seeks the seat to be left vacant by Jon Batastini, who will not seek re-election. Braun ran unsuccessfully for school board both in 2013 and 2014, and he was interviewed for an appointment that ultimately went to Whelan in the summer of 2014 to fill Pete Madden’s former seat, after Madden won election to City Council.
Assuming he is elected to the school board on Nov. 8, Braun said he will not seek a new Planning Board term for 2017. His term expires in December, he said.
Braun has also served on the city’s Lifeguard Pension Board.
Whelan, a local attorney and a business executive at Pfizer, Inc, also won re-election last year to serve out the final year of Madden's initial term.
Prettyman, who replaced former board member Ray Clark in June of 2015 and was voted last November to serve out the remainder of that term, served in two prior stints on the school board. She teaches social studies at Mainland Regional High School
There will be no municipal election for Ocean City in November. The city holds its elections in May.