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Vincent S. Brand

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Vincent S. Brand
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Board Member, Middletown Township School Board, At-large
Term ends
November 2016
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedApril 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRutgers College
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
Vincent S. Brand is an at-large member of the Middletown Township School Board in New Jersey. He was first elected to the board in 2010. Brand won re-election on November 5, 2013.


Brand resides in Middletown Township, New Jersey. Brand earned a Bachelor's degree from Rutgers College before starting his own flower shop and construction businesses. He began performing stand-up routines on open mic nights as a hobby, but as he grew more successful as a comedian he left the other two businesses and opened the Stress Factory Comedy Club with his wife.[1][2]



See also: Middletown Township School District elections (2013)


Brand ran against nine other candidates to win 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


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


Brand did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Middletown Township School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Brand 16.8% 4,826
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Mascone 16.8% 4,814
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Aveta 15.3% 4,399
     Nonpartisan Dawn Diorio Incumbent 14.5% 4,142
     Nonpartisan Leonora Caminiti Incumbent 13.1% 3,755
     Nonpartisan Patricia Walsh Incumbent 11.9% 3,398
     Nonpartisan Gerald Wexelberg 11.6% 3,326
Total Votes 28,660
Source: Daily Record, "Monmouth County, Ocean County school election results," accessed November 1, 2013

Campaign themes

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

One of the biggest challenges facing the district is preparing our children to compete in a world that has seen a dramatic shift in employment patterns and unprecedented growth in the numbers of people competing for jobs. Our children will increasingly compete with a global workforce. We must prepare them, and the dialogue must become more positive. We have strong, intelligent, dedicated teachers and administrators; excellent students; involved parents; and a diverse vibrant community worthy of our best efforts to celebrate excellence, discover weaknesses and work on them collaboratively so that we may improve.

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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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