Three Challengers Vie to Unseat Fair Lawn BOE Incumbents
Residents Mark Spindel, Vladimir Itkin and Jeffrey Klein have filed to challenge Board of Education incumbents Eugene Banta, Ron Barbarulo and Joshua Gillenson in this November's BoE election.
Fair Lawn Board of Education members who, despite initial reservations, voted to move school board elections from April to November this year will be in for a challenge at the polls.
Unlike last year, when Susan Gioia, John Mancinelli and Elyss Frenkel won uncontested three-year terms, all three of this year's incumbents will be at risk of losing their seat.
Residents Mark Spindel, Jeffrey Klein and Vladimir Itkin will challenge the seats of incumbents Eugene Banta, Ron Barbarulo and Joshua Gillenson, according to filings released by the county clerk's office on Thursday.
Two of the challengers have backgrounds in education and all have attended numerous board meetings over the past year.
Spindel is a recently retired Passaic City elementary school principal and member of the borough's Property Maintenance Committee, the Knights of Pythias and sits on the board of the Fair Lawn Community School.
Itkin, an inquisitive resident who speaks at nearly every board meeting -- often to offer suggestions to the board -- works as an actuarial associate.
Two of the three incumbents who will be defending their seats have served multiple terms on the board. Barbarulo, the owner of Barbarulo Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical Contracting and an All-Sports baseball league coordinator, faces re-election for the first time.