NJ man who died of coronavirus complications still on school board ballot

A New Jersey man who died of coronavirus complications is still on the ballot for his city’s school board election next week, according to a new report.

Kenneth Conte, who served on the board since the early 1980s, died late last month, NorthJersey.com reported.

At that point, the ballots for the May 12 election were already printed, the outlet reported.

Conte is listed on the same ticket with fellow incumbent Julio “Angel” Quiles and newcomer Evelyn Scott, according to the report.

Incumbent Frank Barber Jr. and newcomers Carmin Breonte and Dane Lio are listed on the opposing ballot.

The candidates are running for three-year-terms, according to the report.

Conte might just be one of the top three vote-getters and win a seat posthumously, district business administrator Giovanni Cusmano predicted.

If that happens, according to Cusmano, the board will advertise the vacancy once the results are certified.

Those interested must send a letter of candidacy to the board, and then be interviewed, before the board votes to fill the seat for the remainder of the term year, which ends in April 2021.

“If the person wants to finish the term, they would have to run for a two-year unexpired term at that time,” Cusmano told the outlet.

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