David Fischer

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David Fischer
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Brick Township Board of Education, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMontclair State University
ProfessionSubstitute teacher
David Fischer was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Brick Township Board of Education in New Jersey. He was defeated for election against three other candidates on November 5, 2013.


Fischer earned a B.A. in History from Montclair State University. He is currently pursuing a M.A. in History from the same school. Fischer works as a substitute teacher with the Freehold Regional High School District.[1]



See also: Brick Township Public Schools elections (2013)


Fischer ran for election against Karyn Cusanelli, John Barton and John Talty on November 5, 2013.


Brick Township Public Schools, At-large, Three-year term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaryn Cusanelli Incumbent 32% 7,566
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Talty Incumbent 24.6% 5,813
     Nonpartisan David Fischer 21.5% 5,078
     Nonpartisan John Barton 21.5% 5,076
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 76
Total Votes 23,609
Source: Ocean County Clerk, "Official Results," November 14, 2013


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


Brick Township Public Schools, Full terms, April 27, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Kight 22.4% 6,410
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence K. Reid 18.1% 5,177
     Nonpartisan Vicky Leone 15.5% 4,434
     Nonpartisan Konstantine Goulas 13.1% 3,752
     Nonpartisan Robert Merola 13.1% 3,750
     Nonpartisan John Barton 8.9% 2,540
     Nonpartisan David Fischer 8.5% 2,430
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 149
Total Votes 28,642
Source: Ocean County Clerk

What was at stake?

Mold outbreak at Drum Point

The district has been dealing with significant mold problems at Drum Point Elementary School since an August 2013 inspection. Superintendent Walter Uszenski noted that the district has spent $200,000 on clean-up services since the inspection with district insurance covering $25,000. The mold outbreak occurred due to the school's lack of central cooling and high humidity throughout the building during the summer break.[3][4]

Assistant superintendent controversy

Fischer accused Superintendent Uszenski of negligence after two candidates were hired to replace an outgoing assistant superintendent. In a discussion on the local Patch website, Fischer also argued that the assistant superintendent was merely transferred to another position. The former candidate noted that these personnel moves cost the district $220,000 in salaries and benefits. Uszenski responded to these claims by suggesting that the district needed an additional academic officer for special services as well as an interim assistant superintendent.[5]

About the district

See also: Brick Township Public Schools, New Jersey
Brick Township Public Schools is located in Ocean County, New Jersey
Brick Township Public Schools serves K-12 students in the Township of Brick in Ocean County, New Jersey. The population of Ocean County was 576,565 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[6]


Ocean County lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The county had a poverty rate of 9.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Ocean County's median income at $60,712 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of county residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (24.5%) is below the state average (35%).[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Ocean County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 93.1 73.8
Black or African American 3.4 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.6
Asian 1.9 9
Two or More Races 1.2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.7 18.5

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 - -
2008 40.1 58.4
2004 38.9 60.1
2000 47.1 48.8

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.[8]

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