Manasquan school board election too close to call

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MANASQUAN — In the contested race for three seats on the Manasquan Board of Education, board president Eugene Cattani and fellow incumbents Bruce Bolderman and Terence Hoverter were holding a marginal lead over newcomer Louis Barbera Monday morning.

Votes were still being counted; however, unofficial results show Mr. Bolderman leading the race with 1,749 votes, followed by Mr. Cattani with 1,747, Mr. Hoverter with 1,468 and Mr. Barbera with 1,386.

A total of 6,368 ballots had been counted as of Monday at 10 a.m., including 18 write-in votes.

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Mr. Barbera, who is seeking election to his first term on the board of education, remained hopeful Wednesday morning as votes continued to be counted.

“This is my first time running for elected office and I’m hopeful and excited that I can get onto the board and just keep Manasquan as beautiful as I know it and keep the school system as great as I know it,” Mr. Barbera told The Coast Star.

Mr. Barbera, 43, has lived in the borough for two years with his wife, Christine, and their two children, Allison and Louis.

“I have two kids in the system right now — one of them disabled and one of them typically developing — I’ve seen the best of both worlds. I really don’t have a lot of complaints about the system; I just want to uphold the same standards,” he added.

If elected, Mr. Barbera said he would like to advocate for children with special needs and typical children to “make a positive difference in their academic career.”

Mr. Hoverter, first elected to the board in 2017, is looking to secure his second term on the board of education. He has lived in the borough with his wife, Christina, and their three children, Declan, Liam and Colin since 2012.

“I’m looking forward to the process playing out and, if elected, continuing to work for the betterment of all the school-aged children in Manasquan,” Mr. Hoverter said.

Mr. Cattani and Mr. Bolderman declined to comment on the results of the election.

Mr. Bolderman, first elected to the board in 2017, is hoping to retain his seat on the board for a second full term. As a member of the board, he has served on the finance, facilities and grounds, and restart committees. Mr. Bolderman is a lifelong resident of Manasquan, where he resides with his wife Maria and their daughter Marilyn.

Mr. Cattani, who has been the board president since 2018, is seeking reelection for his third term on the board of education. He currently serves on the restart, facilities, equity and budget committees. Mr. Cattani has lived in Manasquan for 24 years with his wife, Nancy, and their two children Kelly and Meghan.

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