Edison Township Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Edison Township Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
April 23, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
New Jersey
Edison Township Public Schools
Middlesex County, New Jersey ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New Jersey
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Three seats on the Edison Township Public Schools Board of Education were up for general election on April 23, 2014. Incumbent board members Jerry Shi and Frank Heelan filed for re-election in a race against six challengers, while Board President Gene I. Maeroff decided not to run.[1] Shi, Heelan and newcomer Shivi Prasad campaigned as a slate for the three at-large seats.[2] Chang-Hui Shen, Beth Moroney and Kiel Thoms ran as the "Team E3" slate.[3] Incumbents Shi and Heelan won re-election, although "Team E3" slate member Moroney won the third seat over Shi and Heelan's fellow slate member, Prasad.[4]

About the district

See also: Edison Township Public Schools, New Jersey
Edison Township Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Edison Township Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The county seat of Middlesex County is New Brunswick. Middlesex County is home to 823,041 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] Edison Township is the sixth-largest school district in New Jersey, serving 14,224 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


Middlesex County outperformed the rest of New Jersey in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.8 percent of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 35.4 percent for New Jersey as a whole. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,442 compared to $71,637 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 8.0 percent compared to 9.9 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Middlesex County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 63.6 73.8
Black or African American 10.9 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.6
Asian 22.9 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 19.1 18.5

2013 Party Affiliation, Middlesex County[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 175,669 36.94
Republican 60,409 12.70
Libertarian 185 0.04
Green 117 0.03
Other 84 0.02
Unaffiliated 239,072 50.27

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.[8]

Method of board member selection

The Edison Township Board of Education consists of nine members elected to three-year terms at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election, and the general election was on April 23, 2014. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.[9]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was March 4, 2014 and the deadline to amend a petition or withdraw was March 10, 2014.[10]





  • Jerry Shi Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Shanghai University of Engineering Science and Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Performance management lead, Merck
  • Patrick Amaral
    • Graduate, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    • Business owner
  • Kiel Thoms
    • Graduate, Essex County College and Bloomfield College
    • Call center supervisor, Xerox/ACS

  • Shivi Prasad
    • Graduate, New York University's Wagner School of Public Service
    • Policy analyst, Poverty Research Institute, Legal Services of New Jersey
  • Chang-Hui Shen
    • Graduate, National Chung-Hsing University and the University of Edinburgh
    • Associate professor, CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies and the College of Staten Island
  • Naseeruddin Mohammad
    • Graduate, Osmania University
    • Director of information technology strategy and architecture

Election results

Edison Township Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Moroney 18.1% 2,133
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Heelan Incumbent 17.7% 2,089
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Shi Incumbent 15% 1,768
     Nonpartisan Shivi Prasad 13.4% 1,581
     Nonpartisan Kiel Thoms 12.4% 1,466
     Nonpartisan Patrick Amaral 11.5% 1,353
     Nonpartisan Chang-Hui Shen 8% 945
     Nonpartisan Naseeruddin Mohammad 4% 473
Total Votes 11,808
Source: Edison Township Public Schools, "Public BOE Meeting - Reorganization Meeting," April 28, 2014


No candidates received endorsements for their campaigns.

Campaign finance

No candidates filed campaign finance reports with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission during the election.[11]

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Edison Township Public Schools election in 2014:[10]

Deadline Event
March 4, 2014 Last day to file nominating petitions
March 10, 2014 Last day to withdraw or amend a nomination petition
March 13, 2014 Drawing of names for candidate positions on the ballot
March 26, 2014 Last day to file first campaign finance report
April 14, 2014 Last day to file second campaign finance report
April 23, 2014 Election day
May 13, 2014 Last day to file final campaign finance report

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot only with a successful tax levy to raise $193,997,198 for Edison Township Public Schools for the 2014-2015 school year. This is a 2.0% increase from the 2013-2014 tax levy.[4][12]

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