School Board Candidates Will Be On November Ballot

The current 2017 Plainfield Board of Education Credits: Jennifer Popper

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield’s school board election is back in November and Monday, July 31 is the filing date for candidates.

Three three-year terms are up on the nine-member board. Petitions may be obtained from the Union County Clerk’s office, 2 Broad Street, Room 113, Elizabeth and must be returned before 4 p.m. Monday, each with at least 10 signatures of registered voters. Incumbents whose terms are expiring are David Rutherford, Carletta Jeffers and Terrence Bellamy Sr.

The New Jersey School Boards Association offers an overview of school board candidacy and service on its website as part of its “Becoming A School Board Member: Candidates’ Kit.”

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The move back to the general election on Nov. 7, 2017 is the third change for the Plainfield board. Elections were previously held in April, with a May reorganization to swear in new members and elect officers. In 2012, under new state legislation, either the board or the City Council could move the election to November. In a contentious meeting on Feb. 6, 2012, the council made the move, which could not be changed for four years. Winners of the first November elections took office in January 2013.

A few days after the fourth-year election in November 2015, the school board voted approval of an unadvertised “walk-on” resolution to move it back to April.

Just as the initial change to November gave some board members an extra eight months of service, those elected in April 2016 will lose time on the board.with the new schedule.

On Feb. 7, 2017, the current school board voted to have its election once again coincide with the November general election.

Look for candidates' forums closer to the Nov. 7 election and be sure to vote in all categories, including the school board!

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