Michael Craig

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Michael Craig
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Middletown Township School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
BirthdayOctober 19, 1968
ProfessionRetired police officer
Michael Craig was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Middletown Township School Board in New Jersey. He lost election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Craig resides in Middletown Township, New Jersey. Craig attended Wagner College and the College of Staten Island before leaving to join the New York Police Department. He spent his career as a police officer with the NYPD until he retired in 1999 and moved to Middletown Township with his family.[1][2]



See also: Middletown Township School District elections (2013)


Craig unsuccessfully ran against nine other candidates for one of three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Middletown Township School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael A. Donlon 17.2% 5,474
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVincent S. Brand Incumbent 12.9% 4,097
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Banta 11% 3,489
     Nonpartisan John Bennett Jr. Incumbent 10.9% 3,463
     Nonpartisan Michael J. Ostrander Jr. 10.9% 3,462
     Nonpartisan Richard G. Campbell 9.3% 2,955
     Nonpartisan Christopher J. Aveta Incumbent 7.8% 2,482
     Nonpartisan Michael Craig 7.1% 2,257
     Nonpartisan Anastasia Millicker 6.7% 2,147
     Nonpartisan Rocco DelGuercio 6% 1,924
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 98
Total Votes 31,848
Source: Monmouth County, New Jersey, "11/05/2013 - November General Election," November 20, 2013


Craig reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[3]


Craig did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Middletown Township School District, At-large General Election, 1-year term, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Bennett Jr. 21.8% 3,772
     Nonpartisan Helene A. Henkel 19.8% 3,429
     Nonpartisan Michael Craig 18.9% 3,270
     Nonpartisan Drew Wilson 16.9% 2,917
     Nonpartisan Shane D. Overgaard 16.7% 2,880
     Nonpartisan Barry Allen Travis, Jr. 5.9% 1,025
Total Votes 17,293
Source: Monmouth County, New Jersey, "Election Information," accessed October 28, 2013

Campaign themes

In response to a survey conducted by The Hub Independent, Craig argued that the following were the most significant issues confronting the school district:[2]

One of the main issues that I get feedback from parents on is the lack of information to the public. The board makes a tremendous amount of decisions and is responsible for spending close to two-thirds of our tax money. The board makes many decisions without seeking input from the public. Secondly, the district relies too heavily on money from the state to balance its budget. The school district needs to become solvent and use the extra grants from the state for a wish list, not to keep the schools above water.

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Christopher J. Aveta, Vincent S. Brand and John Bennett Jr. all filed for re-election to keep their seats and competed with seven newcomers in the at-large race. Challengers Michael A. Donlon, Richard G. Campbell and Michael Craig ran unsuccessfully in 2012 for seats on the Middletown Township school board.

About the district

See also: Middletown Township School District, New Jersey
Middletown Township School District is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Middletown Township School District is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The county seat of Monmouth County is Freehold Borough. According to the 2010 US Census, Monmouth County is home to 629,384 residents.[4]


Monmouth County outperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Monmouth County was $83,842 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Monmouth County was 6.5% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 39.6% of Monmouth County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Monmouth County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 85.1 73.8
Black or African American 7.7 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.6
Asian 5.3 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 10.0 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Monmouth County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 103,200 24.25
Republican 99,033 23.27
Libertarian 150 0.01
Green 119 0.01
Other 72 0.01
Unaffiliated 222,919 52.45

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.[6]

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