Avery, Dase, Carmen win school board seats

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GALLOWAY – Incumbent Richard O. Dase joined Absegami teacher Madeline Avery and youth sports coach David Carmen in winning three Board of Education seats that were sought by seven candidates Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Avery was the top vote-getter.

Dase was the only incumbent running. Robert Iannacone and Eileen Kasunich did not seek re-election.

Also running were Robert W. Criss, Wayne Melnik, Ersi Tollja and Sherri Parmenter.

Unofficial Galloway Board of Education results were:

Madeline Avery                        4,778

Richard O. Dase                       3,945

David Carmen                          3,134

Sherri Parmenter                       1,896

Robert W. Criss                       1,496

Wayne Melnik                          1,409

Ersi Tollja                                    721

Avery has been a resident of Galloway Township since 2001. She is married and has a son attending Absegami High School.

“I have been an educator at Absegami High School for 27 years,” Avery said. “I have served as the president of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional Education Association [eight years] and I am currently a member of the Atlantic County Council of Education Association’s executive committee, serving as the congressional contact [District 2] for Atlantic County.”

She has said that if elected, she would bring a practical perspective to the board and work diligently to solve problems.

“I understand that people must be able to work together for the common good – in this case, the children of Galloway Township,” she said.

Dase, 62, has lived in Galloway for 37 years. He has two sons who have gone through the Galloway school system, and two grandsons and one granddaughter who will be entering the school system within the next four years.

He has been a member of the school board for 24 years and is a certified school board member, which required attending seminars and classes at nights and on weekends.

“My main goal as a school board member is to oversee the operations of the district and administration so that the Galloway Township students receive the best education, and still keep the taxpayers in mind,” Dase told The Current.

Carmen, 44, has lived in Galloway for more than 30 years. He and his wife of 14 years, Annette, are both graduates of the Galloway public school system.

He has been a volunteer football coach in the community for 12 years, half with the Mustangs and half with the Renegades, and has spent this time teaching football, sportsmanship and mentoring players through high school.

“I’m a little overwhelmed to come in at such a high total compared to some of the others,” Carmen told The Current Wednesday. “Congratulations to everyone else. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get down to work.”

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