Thomas Colucci

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Thomas Colucci
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Board Member, Jackson School Board, At-large
Term ends
November 2016
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFlorida Institute of Technology
Master'sEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
ProfessionCommercial pilot
Thomas Colucci is an at-large member on the Jackson School Board in New Jersey. He won election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Colucci resides in Jackson Township, New Jersey. Colucci received his B.S. degree in Air Commerce and Transportation Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology and later earned his Master's degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While studying for the latter degree, he taught aviation courses as an adjunct instructor at Broward Community College. Since 1995, Colucci has served as a commercial airline pilot for United Airlines. He is also employed as a realtor associate with Century 21 Action Plus Realty.[1]



See also: Jackson School District elections (2013)


Colucci and Sharon E. Dey defeated Tracey Murnane, Tina Pohlemus and Laurie Keats to win the two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Jackson School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSharon E. Dey Incumbent 25.6% 4,007
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Colucci 25.6% 4,006
     Nonpartisan Laurie Keats 19.6% 3,072
     Nonpartisan Tina Pohlemus 16.3% 2,563
     Nonpartisan Tracey Murnane 12.6% 1,982
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 46
Total Votes 15,676
Source: Ocean County, New Jersey, "Official results," November 14, 2013


Colucci reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[2]


Colucci did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

In an interview with the Tri-Town News, Colucci provided the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

[...]some of the key issues I anticipate are maintaining the quality of the teaching staff.

Obtaining adequate school funding and developing projects that in the long term would benefit the Jackson school community, such as the installation of solar energy panels at Jackson Memorial High School and a swimming pool at Jackson Liberty High School, which could serve students in the district and become a source of income from groups renting the facility.

What was at stake?

There were two seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Sharon E. Dey filed for re-election, but fellow incumbent Linda A. Lackay decided not to run for re-election after spending a decade on the board. Dey competed with four challengers in the at-large race.

Religious high school construction debate

During the fall of the 2013-14 school year, local Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum proposed the construction of a new private high school in Jackson to serve Orthodox Jewish female students. Oros Bais Yaakov High School would span 7.5 acres and accommodate 190 students initially before a planned expansion would increase its capacity to approximately 400 students.[3] Jackson township zoning board officials delayed their ruling on whether or not to grant a variance for the proposed school in order to conduct a traffic-impact study.[4] Hundreds of Jackson School District parents protested the proposed high school at the zoning board's meeting, arguing that it would damage district finances and potentially endanger local water and septic systems due to its planned location.[5]

About the district

See also: Jackson School District, New Jersey
Jackson School District is located in Ocean County, New Jersey
Jackson School District is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. The county seat of Ocean County is Toms River. According to the 2010 US Census, Ocean County is home to 580,470 residents.[6]


Ocean County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of its average median rates of household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Ocean County was $60,712 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Ocean County was 9.5% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 24.5% of Ocean County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Ocean County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 93.1 73.8
Black or African American 3.4 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.6
Asian 1.9 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.7 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Ocean County Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 108,575 28.65
Democratic 73,922 19.50
Libertarian 127 0.01
Green 78 0.01
Other 81 0.01
Unaffiliated 196,246 51.82

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.[8]

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