SPARTA, NJ – Petitions are available for candidates seeking positions on the Sparta Township Council and Sparta Board of Education.

Two seats are going to be on the ballot for township council.  Mayor Jerry Murphy’s and Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn’s terms are expiring this year. The term is for four years.

Four seats are going to be on the ballot for the board of education.  Three of the seats are for 3-year terms and one seat will be for 1-year, completing the term left vacant by the resignation of Karen Scott.  That seat is currently held by Robert Zywicki. 

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Joanne Hoover’s, Jason Vantresca’s, Kylen Anderson’s and Zywicki’s terms are expiring this year.

Township Council candidates can contact the township clerk Kathleen Chambers to get a nomination petition packet.

The township council petitions require 165 signatures are due in the MUNICIPAL CLERK'S office in Sparta municipal building by 4 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2020. Chambers said there has been no clarification about using electronic signatures for the petitions, in light of the pandemic health crisis. 

Candidates for Board of Education can download the nominating petition for filing as individual candidates or jointly as a ticket on the Sussex County Clerk’s website.  Each candidate is required to get at least 10 signatures.

The petitions for board of education candidates must be turned in to the Sussex County Clerk’s office by 4 p.m. on July 27 to be eligible to be on the November ballot.

Timeline according to the Sussex County Clerk’s office:

  • August 10 general election and board of education ballot positions are drawn at 3 p.m.
  • August 25 is the last day a board of education candidate can withdraw their petition from the ballot.  If this happens, a new nominating petition can be filed by August 31, to replace the withdrawn candidate on the ballot in November.
  • September 4 is the last day a board of education candidate can withdraw their petition from the ballot without being replaced.
  • October 27 is the last day to apply for a mail-in ballot for the November election.
  • October 31 is a special opening day for the county clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for residents to apply for a mail-in ballot in person.
  • November 2 is the last day to apply in person for a mail-in ballot.  The application must be made before 3 p.m. at the Sussex County Clerk’s office.
  • November 3 is election day with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Mail-in ballots can be hand carried to the county clerk’s office until close of polls.

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