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Hamilton Township School District elections (2013)

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2013 Hamilton Township School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
New Jersey
Hamilton Township School District
Mercer County, New Jersey ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New Jersey
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Three seats on the Hamilton Township School District school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Dina Thornton, Pamela A. Kelly and Anthony G. Celentano defeated Greg Schultz, Vincent McKelvey and Jeff Hewitson to win three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Hamilton Township School District, New Jersey
Hamilton Township School District is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Hamilton Township School District is located in Mercer County, New Jersey. The county seat of Mercer County and capital of New Jersey is Trenton. According to the 2010 US Census, Mercer County is home to 368,303 residents.[1]

Demographics

Mercer County underperformed in comparison to the state median household income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Mercer County was $73,883 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Mercer County was 10.7% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 38.0% of Mercer County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Mercer County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 66.5 73.8
Black or African American 21.0 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.6
Asian 9.7 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 15.9 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Mercer County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 83,700 38.27
Republican 32,254 14.75
Libertarian 87 0.01
Green 84 0.01
Other 21 0.01
Unaffiliated 102,557 46.95



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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Hamilton Township 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.[4]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was June 4.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

At-large

  • Jeff Hewitson
    • Incumbent
    • Retired, New Jersey Department of Transportation engineer
  • Pamela A. Kelly
    • Graduate, Trenton State College
    • Principal, Haines Harker-Wylie Elementary School

Election results

Hamilton Township School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDina Thornton Incumbent 20.3% 8,474
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamela A. Kelly 20.2% 8,430
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony G. Celentano 16.1% 6,708
     Nonpartisan Greg Schultz 15.3% 6,390
     Nonpartisan Vincent McKelvey 14.5% 6,052
     Nonpartisan Jeff Hewitson Incumbent 13.3% 5,551
     Nonpartisan Personal choice 0.3% 128
Total Votes 41,733
Source: Mercer County Clerk, "November 5, 2013 Official Election Results," November 13, 2013

Endorsements

No endorsements were made in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $11,375.00 and spent a total of $7,171.72 during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[6]

Candidates running as part of the Friends of CMCK 2013 received a total of $3,500.00 and spent a total of $0.00.

The remaining candidates received a total of $7,875.00 and spent a total of $7,171.72.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jeff Hewitson $11,375.00 $7,171.72 $4,203.28
Pamela A. Kelly $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Greg Schultz $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Dina Thornton $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Jeff Hewitson and Dina Thornton filed for re-election and competed with four challengers in the at-large race. Fellow incumbent William T. Harvey, Jr. decided not to run for re-election.

Issues

Aging district buildings

One campaign issue on which all six school board candidates agreed was the necessity of repairing and upgrading Hamilton Township School District's facilities. District administration estimated the cost of these building improvements at approximately $100 million, and administrators created a five year plan to address the most pressing repairs in the short-term. Board President Jeff Hewitson argued, "We need to begin addressing some of these significant structural issues," and added that, "[...]there’s been a lack of emphasis put on maintenance over the last several years." Former board member Anthony G. Celentano proposed demolishing the Greenwood and Klockner elementary schools in order to build a single large elementary school on the same land as one partial solution to the problem of aging facilities in the school district. Fellow newcomer Greg Schultz stated that the facilities problem was a distraction from classroom issues, and that it will linger until the district resolves it by building additional schools.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Hamilton Township School District election in 2013:[5]

Deadline Event
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.[8]

See also

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