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Montville school board candidates Mark Mansour, Christian Pina and James Jake Kovalcik. (Photo: For the Kids).

After recount, incumbent beats Kerik-backed candidate by 1 vote in Morris school board race

By NJ Globe Staff, December 07 2021 6:44 pm

An anti-mask candidate endorsed by conservative activist Bernard Kerik has lost his bid for a seat on the Montville Board of Education by one vote after a recount conducted on Tuesday.

Incumbent David Mondrak won re-election by just one vote, 3,088 to 3,087, against challenger Mark Mansour.  Two other incumbents allied with Mansour – Karen Cortellino (3,569) and Charles Grau (3,160) ran further ahead.

Kerik, a former New York City Police Commissioner who lives in New Jersey, backed Mansour and “For the Kids” running mates Christian Pina (3,018) and James Jake Kovalcik (2,887).

Montville is lucky to have three candidates that’s more concerned for the kids in their communities, than the power of the positions,” Kerik said in his endorsement.  “We need leaders that’s going to ensure transparency in our educational systems, and we need to leaders that’s going to stop the indoctrination of our kids. Really impressed with these three, just wish New Jersey had more like them.”

Mansour also had the endorsement of Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Gregg Mele.

The Morris County Board of Elections conducted the recount under an order by Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz.

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