BEACHWOOD – Toms River School Board challenger Daniel Leonard has filed an official residency challenge against his opponent, Alexander Mizenko, with Leonard alleging that Mizenko does not actually live in the town he wants to represent on the regional school board.
Alexander Mizenko, a candidate to represent Beachwood Toms River Regional Board of Education, has been accused by opponent Daniel Leonard of not actually residing in Beachwood. Leonard has alleged that Mizenko is instead maintaining his full time residence in the Essex County town of Bloomfield. According to statements posted on his campaign website, Mr. Leonard alleges that his campaign has recently received information supporting these allegations, with Leonard citing recent “phone calls and emails” from unnamed sources.
Mizenko is expected to deny the allegations, and according to a document published by the Leonard campaign, the Ocean County Board of Elections will conduct a hearing on the matter at their September 27th public meeting.
In this year’s Toms River school board campaign, Mr. Leonard has been a frequent critic of the incumbent administration, occasionally clashing with Toms River School Board President Robert Onofrietti and other members aligned with the Clean Slate team at public meetings of the board, with the next TRBOE meeting scheduled for this Wednesday.
In addition to Leonard and Mizenko, a third challenger, Leslie Brown will also be on the ballot for Beachwood’s single school board seat, as voters will decide in November which of the three will represent the borough.
CORRECTION: It was originally reported that Mizenko was an incumbent member of the board. Mizenko is a challenger and is not an incumbent.