First Selectman Beth Heller, a Democrat, will run unopposed in the upcoming municipal election in May. This will be for her third term.
Yet she will be working with a totally new Board of Selectmen, given that four of the five other selectmen are not returning to the board. The one returning candidate, if elected, is Joe Crisco. Not on the ballot are Mica Cardozo and Sandy Stein on the Democratic side; nor their Republican counterparts, Dwight Rowland and Joe Dey.
Instead, Democrats Sheila McCreven and Paul Kuriakose are running for the Board of Selectmen. The Republican ticket has one returning candidate, David Lober, who served on the board until two years ago; as well as two candidates new to town government, David Vogel and Stephen B. Francis.
For the two boards of Education — the Woodbridge Board of Education and the Amity Board of Education — both parties are presenting new candidates. For the Woodbridge board, Dan Cowan ®, David Ross (D) and Mike Strambler (D) are incumbents. Not returning are Maegan Genovese or Jeff Townsend. New candidates are Maria Madonick and Jay Dahya for the Democrats, and Sarah Beth Del Prete, Brooke Hopkins and Jeff Luck (2-year term) on the Republican ticket.
For the Amity Board of Education, Democrats Pat Cardozo and Robyn Berke are not running again. The Republicans are putting forth Roy Ivins and Sanjay Gupta, the Democrats Carol Oladele and Donna Shuster.
Municipal elections will take place on May 3.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent