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Conforti will seek Neptune school board seat

Ex-Democratic congressional candidate says she can effect change at local level

By David Wildstein, July 28 2020 1:18 pm

Christine Conforti, who helped energize progressives in Central Jersey with her campaign for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 4th district earlier this month, will seek a seat on the Neptune Township Board of Education in the November non-partisan election.

A former United Nations staffer, Conforti finished second in the Democratic congressional primary after winning the Mercer County convention and nearly scoring an upset in Ocean County.

“We need to hold our local officials accountable.  We need police reform and we need education reform,” Conforti said in a video announcing her candidacy that was first reported by More Monmouth Musings.   “I believe we can make transformational change.”

She listed curriculum that fixes systemic racism, the installation of solar panels on schools, an changing food choices in school cafeterias as among her policy goals.

“The food that we eat is directly connected to our brains,” she said.

Conforti said that non-partisan elections offers citizens a chance to compete without participating in party scrimmage, saying she wants to “go beyond this two-party, us vs. them, left vs. right, fights and really unite as communities.”

Neptune moved its school board elections from April to November in 2019.  The filing deadline was Monday.

A list of candidates for three seats on the school board was not immediately available.  One incumbent, Brady Connaughton, said she is seeking re-election.

Conforti said her primary loss to Stephanie Schmid was a result of New Jersey’s organization line system, something she’s pledged to fight in the future.

“We ultimately lost to the system of a line rather than lost to another campaign,” Conforti said. “All of us who were looing for a true democracy and a fair process know that the current ballot design system is not democratic.  It is confusing and manipulating to voters.”

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