ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents seeking a seat on the Clark Board of Education must file a candidate petition on or before Monday, July 29, 2019. Three seats are open and each is for a three-year term.

 “Service on a school board provides the public with an opportunity to contribute to the community,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. “As a former board member, I encourage involvement in this important civic duty.  Interested applicants should make note of the deadline.”

Rajoppi also said that effective July 1, 2018 state law allows applicants to circulate petitions jointly. They may be bracketed together on the ballot if they wish with one or two other candidates. The new law also permits a short non-political slogan not to exceed three words. 

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Petitions can be filed at the Main Office of the County Clerk, at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, Room 113.  Candidates are also required to file a specific affirmation that they have not been convicted of crimes that would disqualify them from office with their petition. 

The school board election is held concurrently with the general election in November.  Election Day this year is Tuesday November 5.

For more details about school board petitions, including a downloadable petition, visit the County Clerk’s elections website online at unioncountyvotes.com/candidate-petition. A petition can also be obtained in person at the Main Office in Elizabeth.

Main Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office may be reached by phone during office hours at 908-527-4996 with any inquiries regarding elections in Union County.

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