A race among three Warren Township residents for two seats on the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education is an interesting one featuring two active, experienced incumbents and a young, passionate challenger running for the first time.
Peter Fallon has served on the board for nine years and has made it one of his top priorities to be fiscally responsible while ensuring a quality education to all students of our regional high school. He serves as chair of the board’s finance and operations committees and it’s clear he takes those responsibilities seriously, specifically with his in-depth reports during board meetings.
Robert Morrison has served for three years on the board and was elected as vice president during that span. Aside from his work as chair of the policy committee, Morrison is just an available board member. He makes it a point to speak with members of the Watchung Hills community and consider all that he hears in his decisions and discussions during meetings.
Challenger John Patrick Fahy faces some stiff competition, but has many issues he’s passionate about. Having graduated from Watchung Hills Regional less than a decade ago, it’s clear the school still means a lot to him. He enjoyed his education experience so much he decided to become a high school teacher. There’s something to be said for that dedication.
Fahy has ideas about how he’d like to see Watchung Hills operate and while they are legitimate, there are ongoing visions for the district that Fallon and Morrison already have in place. Both incumbents reiterated they want to “finish what they’ve started,” from Fallon’s focus on the district’s course offerings to Morrison’s desire to improve board communication and transparency.
This race certainly features worthy candidates, however, the experience of the incumbents and the desire to complete the job they began is too overwhelming in this case. Vote Morrison and Fallon on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to represent Warren on the Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education.