Barnegat Leader

Losing Board Candidate Lashes Out at Barnegat Incumbents

Nov 17, 2017

Two Barnegat Board of Education incumbents staved off a challenge from six newcomers in winning two three-year terms in an election that one candidate said was marred due to some last-minute negative campaigning

Maria Pereira led all vote getters with 2,192, while board Vice President Robert Geddes received 1,649 votes. They were both initially elected in 2014. Also victorious was Doreen Continanza with 1,684 votes.

Other vote totals were Robert J. Sawicki (1,576), Patti Deem Robbins (1,509), Richard Quelch (1,187), H.E. “Tripp” Rogers (1,152) and Jamie Feola (866). Incumbent Gary Brown did not seek re-election.

Pereira and Geddes ran as a team, as did Tripp, Robbins and Continanza, and Quelch and Swaicki. Feola ran individually.

Sawicki said the incumbents ran a “smear campaign,” featuring literature he said was “disgusting.”

“There was a flyer that said we would not take a stand against bullying,” said Sawicki. “Richard (Quelch) and I are both recreation department coaches. How does that make us look?” Sawicki said he would make a statement at an upcoming board meeting.

“These blatant lies really bothered me,” he said. “I do congratulate Doreen (Continanza) for winning. She will make a great board member.”

Continanza said, “I feel sorry that my other running mates didn’t make it in, but I am going to work hard and do what I can for our school district.”

Geddes and Pereira could not be reached for comment.  —E.E.



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