Hamilton Township School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Hamilton Township School District
Mercer County, New Jersey ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New Jersey
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 districtMercer 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.
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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.
The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was June 4.
|Hamilton Township School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Dina Thornton Incumbent||20.3%||8,474|
|Nonpartisan||Pamela A. Kelly||20.2%||8,430|
|Nonpartisan||Anthony G. Celentano||16.1%||6,708|
|Nonpartisan||Jeff Hewitson Incumbent||13.3%||5,551|
|Source: Mercer County Clerk, "November 5, 2013 Official Election Results," November 13, 2013|
No endorsements were made in this election.
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.
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|
|Pamela A. Kelly||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00|
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 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.
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.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Hamilton Township School District 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
- Hamilton Township School District, New Jersey
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Mercer 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, "Mercer 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
- Mercer County, New Jersey, "School Board Candidate Packet," accessed October 28, 2013
- State of New Jersey Department of State, "2013 General Election Timeline," accessed October 28, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- Mike Davis, The Times, "Fixing up aging facilities a top priority for Hamilton school board candidates," September 29, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Election Information," accessed October 21, 2013