Richard Tomko

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Richard Tomko
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Candidate for
New Jersey State Senate, District 24
Master'sSeton Hall University
J.D.Seton Hall University
Campaign website
Richard Tomko was a 2013 Democratic candidate for District 24 of the New Jersey State Senate.[1]


Tomko earned a Master's and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. He is the Superintendent of Schools for the Elmwood Park Board of Education. Tomko also works as an instructor at Bergen Community College.[2]


Campaign themes


Tomko's website highlighted the following campaign issues:[3]

  • Education

"He understands first hand how the education funding formula affects learning, attributes to below adequacy spending, and how the current state of education in New Jersey is being dismantled by unfunded mandates and unattainable goals."

  • Economy

"There must be an increase in minimum wage to assist hard working, middle-class citizens support their families and decrease state poverty levels."

  • Senior Citizens

"How will our senior citizens in the 24th continue to sustain an enjoyable and healthy retirement on a fixed income that has fallen victim to a 30% tax hike due to the abandonment of a senior tax freeze and healthy homestead rebate? Didn't seniors make an investment in their futures during their working years? Rich Tomko will be the seniors' voice in the 24th District, working hard to accommodate the needs of all citizens."

  • Gun Rights

"Gun show loopholes and automatic assault rifles will not keep our children safe in times of crisis - nor will repealing laws like our current representatives want to that keep weapons away from identified persons on the terrorist watch list or in the hands of those unstable individuals who admit to wanting to hurt someone through weapons violence."



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Tomko ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 24. Tomko was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He was defeated by incumbent Steven V. Oroho (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

New Jersey State Senate, District 24 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Oroho Incumbent 70.4% 38,819
     Democratic Richard D. Tomko 29.6% 16,292
Total Votes 55,111


Tomko and his wife, Jaimie, have four children. They currently reside in Sparta, New Jersey. Tomko is a committee member for the Bergen County Charity Classic Foundation.

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