EDISON, NJ — Lifelong Edison resident, Ernest Kregeloh has been a student in the town’s public school system and now running for a seat in the Board of Education.
A teacher for 22 years in Edison, Kregeloh studied at local schools before going on to receive his B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.A. in teaching from Monmouth University. Although he has never held public office before, Kregeloh has been involved with the school system, which he says makes him suitable for the job.
Read below to learn more about Kregeloh and his platform for the upcoming elections in Edison.
Name – Ernest Kregeloh
Age (at the time of election) – 52
Position sought – Edison Board of Education Member
Edison Public Schools K-12 (Lincoln Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High and Edison High School)
Middlesex County College
Rutgers University (B.A.)
Monmouth University (M.A. in teaching)
Previous or Current or Appointed Office – None
Why are you seeking elective office?
So, I can represent my Community of Edison and act on their behalf; unlike candidates who have self-interest agendas.
Describe the single most pressing issue facing the Edison school system?
The single most pressing issue facing our school system is COVID-19. I intend to ensure that every measure is taken to provide a safe educational environment for the students and staff, while continuing to provide a top-quality education.
Edison has 13 candidates vying for three seats. What are the critical differences between you and the other candidate seeking this post?
I am not a career politician. I am a lifetime Edison resident who has attended Edison’s Public Schools and has been a volunteer in the Community since I was 15 years old. I am not looking to get anyone a job or a promotion and I believe I am only 1 of 3 candidates with any experience in Education. This year is my 22nd year as an educator. Most of these years I’ve spent coaching student athletes in baseball, football and basketball. I have spent countless hours in the classroom, on athletic fields and riding on school busses. The critical difference between myself and the other candidates, is my experience working in education.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
What is best for the community is the issue that defines my platform. Nothing is more important at this time, than making sure the students and staff of the Edison Public School system are provided with a safe learning environment.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I have been an educator for 21 years in the same school district. I was selected twice as Coach of the Year, by the Greater Middlesex Conference. I received a master’s degree in the art of teaching from Monmouth University. I fully funded my college education, with no financial assistance from my parents. I also worked full time as I attended college full time; not because I wanted to, but because I had too. Also, back in 1997 at HBO headquarters in New York City, I was recognized as the No. 1 Customer Service Representative from the Piscataway Cablevision office.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
Choose an occupation that you love, and you will never have to go to work. I love being a teacher.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I am here for the voters. As an elected official I represent you. Your positions are my positions, since that is the service that public servants provide. It is not about me, it’s about WE!
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This article originally appeared on the Edison-Metuchen Patch