Balwinder Singh

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Balwinder Singh
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Old Bridge Township Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2016
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionFacilities manager
Campaign website
Balwinder Singh is an at-large member of the Old Bridge Township Board of Education in New Jersey. He won election to the board along with Annette Tunyla-Hopman and Nancy M. Mongon on November 5, 2013.


Singh holds a graduate degree in Political Science and taught college courses before moving to the United States. He has worked as a facilities manager for a local company since 1985.[1]



See also: Old Bridge Township Public Schools elections (2013)


Singh faced incumbent Andrew Gonzalez as well as challengers Annette Tunyla-Hopman, Nancy M. Mongon, Mark Palehonki, David Josselyn and Jeffrey Dynof on November 5, 2013.


Old Bridge Township Board of Education, At-large General election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnnette Tunyla-Hopman 22.7% 4,518
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy M. Mongon 18.1% 3,593
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBalwinder Singh 14.5% 2,890
     Nonpartisan Jeffrey Dynof 12.8% 2,547
     Nonpartisan David Josselyn 11.2% 2,227
     Nonpartisan Andrew Gonzalez Incumbent 10.9% 2,179
     Nonpartisan Mark Palehonki 9.5% 1,898
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 49
Total Votes 19,901
Source: Middlesex County, "Election Results," November 12, 2013


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


Singh ran unsuccessfully for a full term on the board on November 6, 2012.

Old Bridge Township Board of Education, At-large General election, 3-year term, 2012, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Sulikowski 20% 5,037
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSalvatore DiPrima 19.9% 5,018
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin G. Borsilli 15.6% 3,932
     Nonpartisan Balwinder Singh 13.2% 3,316
     Nonpartisan Mark Palehonki 12.8% 3,227
     Nonpartisan Annette Tunyla-Hopman 12.1% 3,035
     Nonpartisan Isaac Crosson 6.4% 1,604
Total Votes 25,169

Campaign themes


In an interview with, Singh explained his reasons for running in 2013:[1]

I am a concerned citizen, father of a student who is in Jonas Salk, a former educator and a professional who feels bad when a taxpayer’s money not spent prudently. I have lived in Old Bridge long enough to feel emotionally and socially connected. I know local challenges and areas of improvements. I have no conflict of interest and I hate nepotism. I was amazed to see that Old Bridge has history of conflict of interests in BOE. It is unethical and immoral to be on board while a close relative works in school district. I am home owner and in this economic down turn I saw BOE being fiscally irresponsible. House tax has been going up due to lack of planning and failure to set priorities straight. I will never put price on quality education, character building, safety and security of our kids but board should be respectful to taxpayer’s interest. I am a team player and I know politics of us vs. them has never benefited any community and never will. I would like to see that BOE works as a team with PTA, parents, taxpayers, students, council members and legislature.

What was at stake?

Andrew Gonzalez was the only incumbent to appear on the ballot even though he resigned from the board on August 21, 2013. His name remained on the ballot because the withdrawal took place after the creation of a final candidates list.[3] Fellow members Eugene Donofrio and Fred Colabella did not seek re-election in 2013.[4]

About the district

See also: Old Bridge Township Public Schools, New Jersey
Old Bridge Township Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Old Bridge Township Public Schools serves K-12 students in Old Bridge Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The population of Old Bridge Township was 23,753 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Old Bridge Township lagged behind state rates of higher education achievement but outperformed the state averages for median income and poverty in 2010. The township had a poverty rate of 2.9% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Old Bridge Township's median income at $95,188 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (33.5%) is below the state average (35%).[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Old Bridge Township (%) New Jersey (%)
White 79.6 68.6
Black or African American 4.4 13.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 11.1 8.3
Two or More Races 2.2 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 11 17.7

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]

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