NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, April 16, to fill four school board seats as well as decide whether or not to approve the school district’s proposed $223.5 million budget. There are challengers for three of the seats. For the fourth seat, a two-year seat, the incumbent is running unopposed.
When are polls open?
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where is my polling place?
Your polling place listed on your sample ballot.
If you do not have your sample ballot, here is a link to search your polling place.
Do I need to show ID?
If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified (i.e., your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number), you may be asked to show identification at the polling place where you go to vote.
Identification may include, but is not limited to, any current and valid photo ID (New Jersey’s driver’s license, military or other government ID, student or work ID, store membership card, United States passport) or bank statement, car registration, government check or document, non-photo New Jersey driver’s license, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill or any other official document.
Who is running?
Benito Ortiz: He is the vice president of the Board of Education and was first appointed to the board by former mayor John Lynch. This is the third time he is running for a seat on the board.
Patricia Sadowski: She was appointed to the board by Mayor James Cahill. This is the third time she is running for a seat on the board.
Jennifer Shukaitis: She joined the board in 2015 when she was chosen to replace John Krenos, who stepped down.
Gary Cruz: Cruz, 20, is a Rutgers student. He is also an information supervisor for RU-Info, and a help desk consultant at Rutgers University's Office of Information Technology Help Desk.
Brandon A. España: España, 21, is a Rutgers student. He also works as an English tutor at Rutgers and SAT English instructor for high school students in New Brunswick
Jerry B. Mercado: Mercado, 49, has worked in the healthcare industry with United Health Group for over 16 years. He graduated from Rutgers’ College of Engineering, where he minored in psychology.
Jennifer Sevilla: Sevilla is running unopposed for a two-year seat. She was appointed in February 2019 to fill the seat left vacant when Ron Hush resigned.
What will I be voting on concerning the budget?
The proposed $223.5 million budget for the next school year that will be $9.5 million more than the current budget and will add an estimated $94.98 to the property tax bill for the average homeowner.
Local taxes would account for $31.7 million of all revenue for the budget to fund the city's 13 schools, an increase of just more than $1 million from the $30.66 million needed for the budget for the current school year.
The $94.98 tax hike is based on a home with an average assessed value of $271,300.
When will we know who won?
Check back, here at TAPInto New Brunswick for the latest results starting at 8 p.m.