Vincent S. Brand
|Vincent S. Brand|
|Board Member, Middletown Township School Board, At-large|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||April 2010|
|Profession||Small business owner|
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.
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|
|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|
Brand reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Brand did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Middletown Township School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2010|
|Nonpartisan||Dawn Diorio Incumbent||14.5%||4,142|
|Nonpartisan||Leonora Caminiti Incumbent||13.1%||3,755|
|Nonpartisan||Patricia Walsh Incumbent||11.9%||3,398|
|Source: Daily Record, "Monmouth County, Ocean County school election results," accessed November 1, 2013|
In response to a survey conducted by The Hub Independent, Brand argued that the following was the most significant issue confronting the school district:
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 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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- Vinnie Brand's Stress Factory Comedy Club, "Vinnie Brand," accessed November 1, 2013
- 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