Jeffrey Dynof

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Jeffrey Dynof
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Former candidate for
Old Bridge Township Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Old Bridge Environmental Commission
High schoolOld Bridge High School
ProfessionCollege student
Campaign website
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Jeffrey Dynof was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Old Bridge Township Board of Education in New Jersey. He was defeated by Annette Tunyla-Hopman, Nancy M. Mongon and Balwinder Singh on November 5, 2013.


Dynof graduated from Old Bridge High School in 2013 and currently attends Rutgers University. He works as a tutor for students throughout the district.[1] Dynof was appointed to the Old Bridge Environmental Commission by Mayor Owen Henry.[2]

Dynof provided the following statement regarding his tenure on the Environmental Commission to Ballotpedia:

As an Environmental Commission member, I have worked tirelessly to aid township ecology. I have recruited many volunteers and community groups to participate in projects to beautify the township. I feel that community involvement in such projects serves as a great way to get everyone involved to work toward a positive and beneficial goal. I have also volunteered my time at Cheesequake State Park, where I helped to clean and freshen the nature center that is visited by many community members and school groups. It is important to teach the next generation about environmental conservation. Our town is highly regarding as having a wonderful amount of open space. Sadly, the township’s current administration supports more development and more destruction of our townships beautiful landscape. Trees and greenery improve personal health and provide our town with rich natural character. Climate change is affecting our world at ever-increasing rates and we must collectively take action to mitigate and reverse its effects. It starts with us and as an Environmental Commission member I will continue to advocate for our town and its vital resources.[3]

—Jeffrey Dynof, (2015)[4]



See also: Old Bridge Township Public Schools elections (2013)


Dynof faced incumbent Andrew Gonzalez as well as challengers Annette Tunyla-Hopman, Nancy M. Mongon, Balwinder Singh, David Josselyn and Mark Palehonki on November 5, 2013.


Old Bridge Township Board of Education, At-large General election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnnette Tunyla-Hopman 22.7% 4,518
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy M. Mongon 18.1% 3,593
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBalwinder Singh 14.5% 2,890
     Nonpartisan Jeffrey Dynof 12.8% 2,547
     Nonpartisan David Josselyn 11.2% 2,227
     Nonpartisan Andrew Gonzalez Incumbent 10.9% 2,179
     Nonpartisan Mark Palehonki 9.5% 1,898
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 49
Total Votes 19,901
Source: Middlesex County, "Election Results," November 12, 2013


Dynof reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[5]

Campaign themes


In an interview with Asbury Park Press, Dynof explained his reasons for running in 2013:[6]

I am running for the Old Bridge Board of Education because I know I can make a difference and be a positive nonpolitical voice for improvement. I am passionate about improving the school system that I called home. I can offer a new perspective and bring many fresh ideas to the school board. I am a very determined individual and will work diligently to improve the quality of education without increasing taxpayer cost.

I strongly believe in the importance of community involvement and have trained Seeing Eye dogs for the visually impaired for nine years. Through the 4-H, a youth development organization, I have held many leadership positions involving financial management, which will help shape my actions as a school board member. The Seeing Eye program and its corresponding events have given me experience with decision making, planning, analysis, and working within budget constraints.

What was at stake?

Andrew Gonzalez was the only incumbent to appear on the ballot even though he resigned from the board on August 21, 2013. His name remained on the ballot because the withdrawal took place after the creation of a final candidates list.[7] Fellow members Eugene Donofrio and Fred Colabella did not seek re-election in 2013.[8]

About the district

See also: Old Bridge Township Public Schools, New Jersey
Old Bridge Township Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Old Bridge Township Public Schools serves K-12 students in Old Bridge Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The population of Old Bridge Township was 23,753 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[9]


Old Bridge Township lagged behind state rates of higher education achievement but outperformed the state averages for median income and poverty in 2010. The township had a poverty rate of 2.9% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Old Bridge Township's median income at $95,188 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (33.5%) is below the state average (35%).[9]

Racial Demographics, 2010[9]
Race Old Bridge Township (%) New Jersey (%)
White 79.6 68.6
Black or African American 4.4 13.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 11.1 8.3
Two or More Races 2.2 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 11 17.7

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.[10]

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