OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The Ocean League of Women Voters sponsored a "Meet the Candidates" discussion last Thursday evening for Ocean voters to get the chance to meet the candidates running for the full 3-year term openings and the two unexpired 2-year term openings also open.
A goodly number of handwritten file-size cards were distributed and later gathered from attendees with an assortment of questions posed to all candidates. The questions were of a general nature, and later other more personal questions on why the candidates were running were asked.
The LWV team collected the cards which were sorted out by moderator Susan Sferas at the dais. She then asked the questions of the candidates in alphabetical order, and shifting the order as the meeting proceeded, so as to assure unbiased polling.
For this reporter, and several residents as they left the two hour plus meeting, the panel evidenced some common and some unique backgrounds and experiences. Some are long-time resident and some have come to Ocean more recently; some with children in school, or who have been through the OT system; some from the several ages of adults; business and professional people and other walks of life.
Some attendees said seeing the panel first hand was the added value of personal contact, All were most articulate and vigorous in stating their viewpoints, they said. All showed respect for each other as candidates. As a whole, the members were qualified and passionate about the job the Board demands.
Candidate bios, purpose, member goals, purpose, opportunity for improvements in the system and their individual contributions are listed on the Board's website.
The candidate for full, 3-year terms are Steven Clayton, Thomas Fitterer, Marwin Meller, Denise Parlamas and Michael Palutis.
For the unexpired 2-year terms they are James Dietrich, David Marshall and Jonathan Shutman.
Election Day polls are open from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The League encouraged everyone to vote and be heard.