Tracey Murnane

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Tracey Murnane
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Jackson School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Jackson School Board
2010 - 2012
ProfessionRetail manager
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Tracey Murnane was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Jackson School Board in New Jersey. She lost election to the board on November 5, 2013. Murnane previously served on the board from 2010 to 2012.



See also: Jackson School District elections (2013)


Murnane unsuccessfully ran against four other candidates for one of 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


Murnane reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[1]


Murnane did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Jackson School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTheresa Schiazza Incumbent 29.7% 13,767
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAdam M. Silvan 26% 12,023
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarvin H. Krakower Incumbent 24% 11,102
     Nonpartisan Tracey Murnane Incumbent 20% 9,280
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 117
Total Votes 46,289
Source: Dan Alexander, 92.7 WOBM, "Election Numbers From Ocean County," November 7, 2012

Campaign themes

In an interview with the Tri-Town News, Murnane argued that the following issues were the largest facing the school district:[2]

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) initiative. This implementation will affect every aspect of the district, with new assessments in the coming years and new curriculum.

While the district is well ahead in terms of PARCC preparation, it brings changes to the classroom, how students’ assessments will measure, how the district will be evaluated and how to drive student achievement higher so our children are prepared for the next steps of college and/or a career.

Administrator and teacher evaluations [are also] a major change and must be managed well with solid oversight to ensure it is accurate and fair. There must be clear accountability from the top down, and it must be transparent so there is no question as to the integrity of the program.

And population growth preparedness — with many new developments a possibility, the district must keep its eye on the future and plan accordingly, which can only be done in partnership with our community.

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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[8][9]

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