In Holmdel, eight candidates filed to run for three spots on the Board of Education.
Several candidates identified as being in slates, emphasizing different issues.
There was Save Holmdel Schools, with Chris DiMare, who formed Save Holmdel this summer in response to the referendum on a government change. His running mates are Jeff Mann and John Buckley. Save Holmdel Schools was particularly critical of the state-mandated health education curriculum that included certain sex education elements.
Another slate, Education First, included Joanne Lam, Alicia Unusan and Mathew Weisfeld. The Education First Team put a great emphasis on academic achievement. Weisfeld, one of the members of the slate, was a student in Holmdel and a former teacher in the district.
Incumbent Elizabeth Urbanski sought re-election, but is not connected to a slate. She is the current school board president and the only incumbent seeking re-election.
Deborah Wilson, an educator in Freehold Township, is running individually on a motto of School Community Advocacy.
Academic excellence and school security were common issues among all the candidates.
Candidates for Holmdel Board of Education: