When the Warren school board this week selected one of five applicants for an unforseen vacancy through next year created by the resignation of John DeBellis, Board President Mildred Spiller strongly urged the other four to consider conducting write-in candidacies this fall.
Before an announcement on Thursday that Celeste Campos — one of the other four applicants — will be seeking a spot of board, incumbent James Sena alone had filed for one of three seats coming up for election this November. Tuesday's appointment of Len DeMontagnac did not reduce that number of open seats.
"I plan to be a 'write in' candidate for one of two vacancies on the Warren Township Board of Education for our K-8 grades," Campos announced. "I was hoping that you would be willing to support me by voting for me on Tuesday, Nov. 5," she said.
Campos said she has been very involved in local schools during the past few years as former PTO President at Mount Horeb School, where she has two children attending.
Campos, an eight-year resident of Warren, said she also has been a member of the Steering Committee for the Strategic Plan for the overall school district.
She added she has been teaching CCD at our Lady of the Mount church for the past 5 years.
"I love volunteering within our community and would appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Board of Education to help continue to push our children's education forward and represent our children's best interests in a fiscally responsible manner," she said in a release.
She later added that her husband Tony Skiadas, is a native of Warren Township.
She asked that residents vote in the school election, now moved to Nov. 5, and click the box for write-in vote after entering the voting booth.
Voters should then type in "Celeste Campos" and hit enter for the name to enter properly, she said.
Voters should then select any other votes they which to cast, and hit "cast your vote" upon leaving, she said.
She asked voters to pass along the information for those who wish to know who is running for Warren Board of Education this year.