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Two School Board Veterans Not Seeking Re-Election

Edward F. Gearity and Tom Baxter did not file petitions to run in the November election

Two veteran Toms River Board of Education members will not seek another term, according to petition filings at the Ocean County Clerk's Office. 

Edward F. Gearity, who holds Beachwood's seat on the regional school board, and Thomas Baxter, a Toms River member, did not file petitions to seek the three-year terms, according to the county clerk. 

Those two seats, in addition to the Pine Beach seat held by Michael A. Jedziniak, are available in November. Jedziniak did file a petition to seek re-election, according to the county clerk. 

Petitions to run were due to the county clerk's office by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. 

Gearity was appointed to the board in January 2001 and went on to win his seat that April, according to the school district. He served as the board's president before Ben Giovine was elected to the position in January. 

A Toms River school board member for over 20 years, Baxter is a High School South graduate who has been an educator for 30 years and currently works as the Director of Curriculum for Manchester schools. 

Each of the three races for a single school board seat are contested; two candidates are running in both Beachwood and Pine Beach, and five candidates are running in Toms River.

The 2013 Toms River Regional Board of Education candidates are:

Toms River
Gus Kakavas of Smokerise Lane
Robert Onofrietti, Jr. of Medjay Lane
James G. Sigurdson of Echo Place
Joyce Blair of Wedgewood Drive
Brian McCaskill of Morris Boulevard 

Beachwood
Gloria McCormack of Halliard Avenue
Ronald A. Ross of Neptune Avenue

Pine Beach
Michael A. Jedziniak of Radnor Avenue (Incumbent)
Walt Ramsay of Station Avenue 

All Ocean County school districts, with the exception of Lakewood, opted to move their school board elections from April to November as a result of a bill signed into law by Governor Christie in 2012. Toms River Regional then voted to move the election locally.

Denny June 05, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Why, just tell me why would this guy want to come back after a loss. The salary must be mighty good to want it so bad.
Marina June 06, 2013 at 12:38 AM
@Denny, Did you ever have any dealings with Gus Kakavas? I have an found him to be an uncaring, selfserving baffoon. I wanted to vomit when he first got elected. I was thrilled when he was ousted...
Laci June 06, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Every hear of double dipping, how about triple dipping. Lakewood School system now owns 1 school bus thanks to the new transportation director. Vote in Brush to lopside the Toms River Township committe while your at the voting booth......
grace June 06, 2013 at 12:57 PM
i have spoken i know for a fact of some of those goings on at that garage...how about if we charge radiators to the school but we will really get hunting equipment... or how many snow blowers leaf blowers etc ordered and then all the ' extras' dropped off at school officials homes...just sayin
grace June 06, 2013 at 01:00 PM
maybe things have changed now that mr ritacco is in prison and all that secret under the table cover up stuff is over...idk

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