Elizabeth Public Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Elizabeth Public Schools
Union County, New Jersey ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New Jersey
Three seats on the Elizabeth Public Schools school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Carlos M. Trujillo, Stan Neron and José M. Rodríguez defeated seven challengers to win three at-large seats.
About the district
- See also: Elizabeth Public Schools, New Jersey
Union County underperformed compared to the state's median household income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Union County was $68,688 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Union County was 9.8% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 31.6% of Union County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.
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.
Method of board member selection
The Elizabeth school board 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 held on November 5, 2013. Three seats were on the ballot in 2013.
The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was June 4.
|Elizabeth Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Carlos M. Trujillo Incumbent||18.5%||4,604|
|Nonpartisan||José M. Rodríguez||14.8%||3,685|
|Nonpartisan||Stefano Calella Incumbent||14.6%||3,646|
|Nonpartisan||Anthony Padlo Incumbent||14.3%||3,569|
|Nonpartisan||Luis F. Rincon||2.1%||531|
|Nonpartisan||Maria Da Rassi||2.1%||527|
|Source: Union County, New Jersey, "UC 2013 General/School Election," November 14, 2013|
Candidates received a total of $178,987.16 and spent a total of $133,009.23 during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Candidates running as part of the Continue the Progress slate received a total of $131,849.00 and spent a total of $88,150.90.
Candidates running as part of the Election Fund of RNP slate received a total of $47,138.16 and spent a total of $44,858.33.
The remaining candidates did not report any contributions or expenditures during the election.
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
What was at stake?
There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Carlos M. Trujillo, Anthony Padlo and Stefano Calella ran for re-election as part of the "Continue the Progress" slate. Challengers José M. Rodríguez, Stan Neron and Cristina Pinzon raised funds under the Election Fund of RNP. Maria Da Rassi, Osment Spencer and Luis F. Rincon did not run as part of a slate.
Issues in the district
District expansion and online offerings
Over the decade leading up to the 2013 election, Elizabeth Public Schools added 13 new school buildings in order to reduce overcrowding in district schools and to expand educational offerings to the student body. Two new schools, the iPrep Academy School No. 8 and Mravlag of Elmora Hills School No. 21, were added for the 2013-2014 school year. Students at the iPrep Academy magnet school all receive tablets or notebook computers in addition to having complete online access to class materials and to other learning software following the 1-to-1 model. The school is participating in the "Teach To One" education model developed by New Classrooms of New York City to use algorithmic approaches and adoptive learning strategies to improve mathematics instruction. Mravlag of Elmora Hills School is also providing its students with tablets and notebook computers along with offering online course materials.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Elizabeth Public Schools election in 2013:
|June 4, 2013||Last day for filing nominating petitions in school board elections|
|June 10, 2013||Last day to challenge nominating petitions in school board elections|
|August 12, 2013||County clerk draws ballot positions for candidates|
|September 6, 2013||Last day for candidates to withdraw from the general election ballot|
|November 5, 2013||General election|
|December 3, 2013||Certification of election results by Board of State Canvassers|
Additional elections on the ballot
This election shared the ballot with local and state elections, including the race for Governor along with seats in the New Jersey State Assembly and New Jersey State Senate. The November 5 ballot included proposed constitutional amendments that would establish cost of living adjustments for the state minimum wage and use gaming profits for veterans' organizations.
- New Jersey
- Elizabeth Public Schools, New Jersey
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Union County, New Jersey ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, New Jersey
- Financial policies, education standards at stake in November school board elections
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- United States Census Bureau, "Union County, New Jersey," accessed October 28, 2013
- State of New Jersey Department of State, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," accessed October 27, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Elizabeth Public Schools, "Board Members Home," accessed October 28, 2013
- State of New Jersey Department of State, "2013 General Election Timeline," accessed October 28, 2013
- Team iServe, "Index," accessed October 30, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- Suburban News, "Two new schools join the Elizabeth Public Schools family," September 10, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Election Information," accessed October 21, 2013