WARREN, NJ - Do you want to serve? This fall, voters in Warren will elect local candidates to three seats on the Warren Township Board of Education. A full term on the school board runs for three years.
A candidate must file a nominating petition with the county clerk for his or her name to appear on the ballot, and the deadline to submit the nominating petition is 4 p.m. Monday, July 30. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6.
Prospective school board candidates can download candidate information from the New Jersey School Boards Association’s web site at NJSBA School Board Candidate Kit. The School Board Candidate Kit includes information about nominating petitions, legal qualifications for school board candidacy, and the role of the school board member. Information about the New Jersey School Ethics Act and important dates in the school election process are also included.
“One of the most meaningful contributions that citizens can make to their community is serving on the local board of education,” said Daniel Sinclair, NJSBA president. “I encourage all interested citizens to consider school board membership. It doesn’t require a degree in education, or a background in politics. However, it does require a sincere interest in the community, its children, and their education.”
If three candidates don’t file by the deadline, the process is:
Write-in votes are counted and the individual with the highest number of write-in votes is offered the position as long as that person is a qualified candidate. If the person elected does not wish to serve, the seat does not go to the next highest vote getter, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. Instead, the Somerset County superintendent appoints someone to the seat.
If there is a tie among the write-in candidates and one or more is eligible and wishes to hold the position, a special election is called among the write-in candidates.
There is no minimum number of write-in votes needed. A single write-in vote can elect so long as the write-in candidate qualifies for and agrees to accept the office.
Qualifications (appointment and election)
Each member of any board of education shall, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:12-1:
Be a United States citizen;
Be a resident of the district for at least one year at the time of election or appointment;
Be able to read and write;
Be a registered voter in the district where the person is submitting the nomination
petition (or being appointed);
Not be disqualified as a voter pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:4-1;
Not have been convicted of any of the crimes or offenses enumerated in N.J.S.A.
18A;12-1 or conspiracy to commit or attempt to commit any of said crimes;
Not be the mayor or a member of the governing body of the municipality; or
Not have a direct or indirect contract with or claim against the board.
Additional information can be obtained from the New Jersey School Boards Association at https://www.njsba.org/about/membership/school-board-candidacy/ or by contacting board secretary Patricia Leonhardt.
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