Anthony Bermudez

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Anthony Bermudez
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Perth Amboy Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2016
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPerth Amboy High School
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
ProfessionPolice officer
Campaign website
Anthony Bermudez is an at-large member of the Perth Amboy Board of Education in New Jersey. He won election against eight other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.


Bermudez graduated from Perth Amboy High School in 1992. He served in the U.S. Army during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bermudez is currently an officer with the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office.[1]



See also: Perth Amboy Public Schools elections (2013)


Bermudez sought election to the board against eight other candidates in the November 5, 2013 general election. He ran as part of the Together for Quality Schools slate with fellow challenger Samuel Lebreault and incumbent Israel Varela.


Perth Amboy Board of Education, At-large General election, 3-year term, 2013, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngIsrael Varela Incumbent 17.1% 1,741
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Bermudez 16.4% 1,666
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Lebreault 15.3% 1,559
     Nonpartisan Mark Carvajal Incumbent 11.4% 1,161
     Nonpartisan Anton J. Massopust Incumbent 10.7% 1,090
     Nonpartisan Reyes Ortega 10.4% 1,061
     Nonpartisan Benjamin L. Salerno 10.1% 1,026
     Nonpartisan Junior Iglesia 4.6% 472
     Nonpartisan Damaris Isales 3.9% 392
Total Votes 10,168
Source: Middlesex County, "Election Results," November 12, 2013</ref>


Bermudez reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[2]


Bermudez did not receive any endorsements in this election.

What was at stake?

Incumbents Mark Carvajal, Anton J. Massopust and Israel Varela sought re-election to the board. They were challenged by six other candidates for three available seats.


Changing graduation time

Bermudez opposed Superintendent Janine Caffrey's decision to move high school graduation in June 2013 from 6:00pm to 9:00am and pursued an unsuccessful appeal to the New Jersey Commissioner of Education. Caffrey's suspension in October 2013 was followed by a vote of high school students to hold the June 2014 graduation at 6:00pm.[3]

Tense relationship with superintendent

The Board of Education and Superintendent Janine Caffrey have developed a contentious relationship over the past four years. Caffrey has been removed by board votes in April and October 2012 but remained in office due to the intervention of the New Jersey Education Commissioner. These suspensions occurred because of allegations that Caffrey circumvented the board when implementing counseling programs and manipulated contracts to avoid bidding procedures.[4] The board voted in October 2013 to remove Caffrey and seek an interim superintendent to serve through June 2014. Board member William Ortiz noted after the vote that the district is seeking someone with "emotional IQ with people" to replace Caffrey.[5] Judge Kimberly Moss rejected Caffrey's appeal for reinstatement on November 7.[6]

Caffrey countered that board members Obdulia Gonzalez, Milady Tejada and Israel Varela were deflecting attention from state ethics investigations. The Office of Administrative Law held hearings on October 16 into accusations of ethics violations by the three board members. Gonzalez, Tejada and Varela were accused of colluding with local unions to increase pressure for Caffrey's removal and paying reporters to write inaccurate stories about the superintendent. The second allegation stemmed from local reports that Caffrey spent time in a mental health hospital in 2009.[5]

About the district

See also: Perth Amboy Public Schools, New Jersey
Perth Amboy Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Perth Amboy is located along the Raritan River in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The population of Perth Amboy was 50,814 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Perth Amboy lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The city had a poverty rate of 19.9% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Perth Amboy's median income at $45,369 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (15%) was below the state average (35%).[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Perth Amboy (%) New Jersey (%)
White 50.3 68.6
Black or African American 10.5 13.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 0.3
Asian 1.7 8.3
Two or More Races 5.6 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 78.1 17.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 82.5 16.9
2008 86.9 12.3
2004 - -
2000 - -

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[9]

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