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|Board Member, Middletown Township School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Birthday||October 19, 1968|
|Profession||Retired police officer|
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.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Michael A. Donlon||17.2%||5,474|
|Nonpartisan||Vincent S. Brand Incumbent||12.9%||4,097|
|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|
|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.
Craig did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Middletown Township School District, At-large General Election, 1-year term, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||John Bennett, Jr.||21.8%||3,772|
|Nonpartisan||Helene A. Henkel||19.8%||3,429|
|Nonpartisan||Shane D. Overgaard||16.7%||2,880|
|Nonpartisan||Barry Allen Travis, Jr.||5.9%||1,025|
|Source: Monmouth County, New Jersey, "Election Information," accessed October 28, 2013|
In response to a survey conducted by The Hub Independent, Craig argued that the following were the most significant issues confronting the school district:
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 districtMonmouth 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.
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.
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.
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- Middletown Township School District, New Jersey
- Middletown Township School District Elections (2013)
- Christina Johnson, Middletown Patch, "Michael Craig, Candidate for Middletown Board of Education," October 8, 2012
- Keith Heumiller, The Hub Independent, "Board of Education candidates focus on taxes, curriculum," October 31, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Monmouth 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