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Chester Boro Has Candidate for Regional Board

Donald Storms has agreed to be the write-in candidate for the West Morris Regional School District.

According to Chester Borough Mayor Bob Davis, the search is over.

Donald Storms, owner of Chester Lighting Supply on Route 206 in Chester, has agreed to run for the open Chester Borough seat on the West Morris Regional Board of Education.

"He is a former council person and business owner who agreed to do this," Davis said. "We spoke to many people about this and they walked away saying it was not for them."

The borough wanted representation on the West Morris Regional School Board and after a reapportionment established by the county in late 2011, one of Washington Township’s seats was eliminated in favor of adding a representative from Chester Borough.

But no one from Chester Borough chose to run for the new seat.

"We thought we had a candidate for the spring and then the board moved the election to November," Davis said.

As a result of local school board elections being moved to November in conjunction with the Presidential vote, incumbents and those seeking a spot on their respective boards were required to file to run by June 5.

But no one from Chester Borough filed to run for the open, three-year seat, according to the clerk’s office.

The new structure would give Mendham Township and Mendham Borough one representative each, four from Washington Township, two from Chester Township, and one from Chester Borough to complete the board of nine.

Although Storms has thrown his hat into the ring, it doesn't mean it is a done deal.

"He is a write-in candidate," Davis said. "But we need to get the word out so he can get the votes."

Look for our feature with Storms later this week.

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