Frank Bongiovanni

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Frank Bongiovanni
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Vineland Board of Education, At-large
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedAugust 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionAdjunct professor
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Frank Bongiovanni was an at-large member of the Vineland Board of Education in New Jersey. He lost his election bid against five other candidates on November 5, 2013. Bongiovanni was appointed on August 7, 2013 to replace Carlos Mercado until the general election.[1]


Bongiovanni was an officer with the Atlantic City Police Department until his retirement. He currently works as an adjunct professor at Cumberland County College.[2] Bongiovanni and his wife have four children.[3]



See also: Vineland Public Schools elections (2013)


Bongiovanni ran for a full term on the board against five other candidates on November 5, 2013.


Vineland Public School Board, At-large, 3-year term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Baruffi 25.8% 5,272
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngScott English Incumbent 21.2% 4,349
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian DeWinne 17.6% 3,607
     Nonpartisan Alan Mounier Incumbent 13.3% 2,727
     Nonpartisan Frank Bongiovanni Incumbent 13% 2,652
     Nonpartisan David Mazur 9% 1,852
     Nonpartisan Personal choice 0.1% 14
Total Votes 20,473
Source: Cumberland County Clerk, "2013 General Election Results," accessed January 29, 2014


Bongiovanni reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[4]


Bongiovanni received no endorsements during this election.


Bongiovanni sought election to the board on November 6, 2012 but placed fourth in the race for three seats.

Vineland Board of Education, November 6, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngFrank DiGiorgio 30.8% 9,926
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusanne Morello 21.6% 6,971
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher E. Jennings 18.5% 5,969
     Nonpartisan Frank Bongiovanni 14.9% 4,793
     Nonpartisan Rigo Onofre 14.1% 4,549
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 19
Total Votes 32,227
Source: Cumberland County Board of Elections

What was at stake?

Incumbents Scott English and Alan Mounier sought re-election to the board against four challengers on November 5, 2013. Bongiovanni was appointed to replace Carols Mercado until the general election. English won re-election while the two remaining spots were filled by Richard Baruffi and Brian DeWinne. Tom Ulrich ran for the unexpired one-year term left by Carlos Mercado rather than pursuing another full term and won election to that seat.

About the district

See also: Vineland Public Schools, New Jersey
Vineland Public Schools is located in Cumberland County, New Jersey
The City of Vineland is located in Cumberland County, New Jersey. The population of Vineland was 60,724 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Vineland lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The city had a poverty rate of 13.1% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Vineland's median income at $54,978 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (16.8%) is below the state average (35%).[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Vineland (%) New Jersey (%)
White 67 68.6
Black or African American 14.2 13.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.3
Asian 1.7 8.3
Two or More Races 3.5 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 38 17.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 61.5 37.3
2008 60 38.4
2004 - -
2000 - -

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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