4 candidates vie for 3 seats on Pleasantville school board

Ethel Seymore


PLEASANTVILLE – Two incumbents and a newcomer won three seats on the Pleasantville Board of Education, according to unofficial vote totals from the Atlantic County Board of Elections Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Newcomer Richard Norris was the highest vote-getter with 1,718 votes. Incumbents Ethel Seymore and James Barclay received 1,627 and 1,562 votes respectively. Candidate Helen Monaco received 785 votes.

Mail-in ballots have yet to be counted.

Seymore, a longtime board member, said she wanted to return to the board to continue to advocate for children. She has been a longtime teacher in the district.

Barclay said he is a school board member because of his love for the welfare of the future generation.

Norris could not be reached for comment despite several attempts to contact him as well as Monaco through the school business administration during the campaign.

Barclay said the two most important things that attract him to the school board are the need for competitive education to meet global challenges and to prepare students for college and to gain employment.

Email Madelaine Vitale at mvitale@catamaranmedia.com.