UNION COUNTY, NJ – The deadline for filing a nominating petition for those seeking Union Board of Education positions is Monday, July 29, at 4:00 p.m. in the Main Office, Room 113, of the County Clerk, 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth.

“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 advised applicants to be aware that a state law effective July 1, 2018 permits School Board candidates to circulate petitions jointly. They may be bracketed together on the ballot if they wish with one or two other candidates.

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The new law also permits a short non-political slogan not to exceed three words.  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. 

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.