LIVINGSTON, NJ – Monday marked the deadline to file a nominating petition to run for a three-year seat on the Livingston School board. According to the Essex County Clerk, the two candidates that filed are current BOE president, Barry Funt and former Livingston mayor, Charles Buddy August.
However, with the recent resignations of Board members Leslie Winograd (who had two years left) and Dr. David Jasin (who had one year left), a second nominating petition deadline has been set for Sept. 2. According to the Essex County Clerk, Ronnie Konner, retired elementary world language specialist at Livingston public schools has filed for the 1-year term and former BOE member Ronnie Spring has filed for the 2-year seat thus far.
Those who are interested in filing a petition can contact Joann Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a copy of the official county petition form for the 1-year and 2-year term positions. Candidates must file the petition in person at the Essex County Clerk's Office, Room 247 of the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, New Jersey, 07102.
According to the New Jersey School Boards Association, there are several legal requirements for candidacy. To be eligible, a candidate must be able to read and write; be a U.S. citizen and have one year’s residency in the school district; be registered to vote in the district before filing the nomination petition; have no interest in any contract with, or claim against, the school board; not hold office as mayor or member of the municipal governing body; not simultaneously hold two elective offices; and, not be disqualified from membership for the conviction of certain crimes.
Within 30 days of election or appointment to the board, a member must undergo a criminal history background investigation through the state Department of Education. Livingston voters will be able to select three candidates for the Livingston BOE on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.