10 Candidates Vie for Seats on the Montgomery School Board

Posted August 1, 2022


Two incumbents and eight new candidates will be competing for three seats on the Montgomery Township Board of Education in the upcoming November 8 election.

New candidates Mohammed Fahd Ansari of Belle Mead; Michelle Dowling of Skillman; Danish Mirza of Belle Mead; Joanna Filak of Skillman; Anna Wolecka-Jernigan of Belle Mead; Douglas Herring of Skillman; Craig Rothenberg of Belle Mead;  and John A. Sangiovanni, III of Skillman, along with incumbents Phyllis Bursh of Belle Mead and Richard Specht of Belle Mead, each filed to run for three-year terms with the Somerset County Clerk's Office at the July 25 deadline.

Three board members' terms expire in December:  Bursh and Specht, who are each running for another term. The third seat belonged to Shreesh R. Tiwari, who resigned his seat on the board in July. The candidates were required to secure a minimum of 10 signatures by July 25. 

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Mohammed Fahd Ansair

Belle Mead

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Joanna Filak



Craig Rothenberg

Belle Mead

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Richard Specht

Belle Mead

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Michelle Dowling



Ania Wolecka-Jernigan

Belle Mead

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Phyllis Bursh

Belle Mead

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Danish Mirza

Belle Mead

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Douglas Herring


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John A. Sangiovanni III


About the Board

The Montgomery School Board is made up of nine seats. Elected members usually serve three-year terms. The board's responsibilities include: setting and evaluating policy; establishing goals; overseeing and ensuring that district schools are well run by the administrators they have hired; and adopting a fiscally sound operating budget.




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