Incumbents do well in school races

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Voters in Tuesday's General Election decided to keep incumbents Stephanie A. Thomas and Andrew W. Melchiorre, and also bring on Patricia A. Taylor to the Middle Township Board of Education.

Thomas received 4,150 votes, according to the unofficial tally; Melchiorre, 3,635; Taylor, 2,920; Mark V. Collins, 2,906; and Kirby Stiltner, 1,451, according to unofficial election results. There were 37 write-in votes.

In the Dennis Township Board of Education race, incumbent Renee L. Pettit received 1,071 votes; Andrea Barber, 929; and incumbent Donna Marie Verdade, 881, to each win a three-year term.

They competed against Dean B. Kirby, who walked away with 625; John W. Hamann Jr., 551; Monique J. James, 523; incumbent Jesse Gery, 519; and Debra Lee White, 478, according to unofficial election results.

In addition, there were 20 write-in votes.

For the two-year seat, incumbent Jennifer Hand took 916 votes; Jason A. Hearon, 762; and Daniel James, 431. There were four write-in votes.

Tara Leith won a one-year seat on the Dennis Township School Board, receiving 1,241 votes to Jose' A. Vega’s 819. There were 13 write-in votes.

Two seats were up on the Stone Harbor Board of Education. Incumbent Teresa A. Hand received 336 votes; incumbent William J. Stump, 293; Elizabeth R. Carusi, 211; and Perry A. Conte, 178. There were three write-in votes.

In Woodbine, incumbent Lisa Feliciano-Toney received 291 votes; incumbent Gerald H. Murray, 290; and Hector Cruz, 236, to won Board of Education seats. Also running were incumbent Harold H. Harris with 205 votes; Rochelle M. Andress Beachaump, 148; Eddy F. Rodriguez, 131; and Harold E. Hicks Jr., 93. Two write-in ballots were cast.

Incumbent Dorothy Lynn Schwartz won the lone Avalon Board of Education spot, with 557 votes. Six write-in votes were cast.

School board members are not paid. Board of Educations throughout Cape May County moved the school board elections to fall instead of in the spring.

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– Alex Davis

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