Vineland Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Vineland Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
New Jersey
Vineland Public Schools
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Four seats were up for election on the Vineland Board of Education. Five candidates sought an unexpired one-year term left by former member Carlos Mercado on November 5, 2013. Six candidates vied for three full terms on the board in the general election. Tom Ulrich defeated four challengers and won the unexpired term. Richard Baruffi, Scott English and Brian DeWinne defeated Alan Mounier, Frank Bongiovanni and David Mazur to win three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Vineland Public Schools, New Jersey
Vineland Public Schools is located in Cumberland County, New Jersey
The City of Vineland is located in Cumberland County, New Jersey. The population of Vineland was 60,724 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


Vineland lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The city had a poverty rate of 13.1% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Vineland's median income at $54,978 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (16.8%) is below the state average (35%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Vineland (%) New Jersey (%)
White 67 68.6
Black or African American 14.2 13.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.3
Asian 1.7 8.3
Two or More Races 3.5 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 38 17.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 61.5 37.3
2008 60 38.4
2004 - -
2000 - -

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Vineland Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats are up for election each year.

Candidates for the Board of Education must be 18 years old, reside within the district and submit nominating petitions to the county clerk by the filing deadline. The district moved board elections from the third Tuesday of April to the first Tuesday of November after a 2012 state law provided greater flexibility for local election officials.[4]





Election results

Vineland Public School Board, 1-year unexpired term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Ulrich 42.8% 3,326
     Nonpartisan Geralynn Testa-McCann 22.9% 1,780
     Nonpartisan Wanda Lopez 20.9% 1,629
     Nonpartisan Eric Girone 8.2% 635
     Nonpartisan Ryan DeVito 5.2% 406
     Nonpartisan Personal choice 0.1% 4
Total Votes 7,780
Source: Cumberland County Clerk, "2013 General Election Results," accessed January 29, 2014

Vineland Public School Board, At-large, 3-year term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Baruffi 25.8% 5,272
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngScott English Incumbent 21.2% 4,349
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian DeWinne 17.6% 3,607
     Nonpartisan Alan Mounier Incumbent 13.3% 2,727
     Nonpartisan Frank Bongiovanni Incumbent 13% 2,652
     Nonpartisan David Mazur 9% 1,852
     Nonpartisan Personal choice 0.1% 14
Total Votes 20,473
Source: Cumberland County Clerk, "2013 General Election Results," accessed January 29, 2014


No candidates received published endorsements in this election.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[5]

Past elections


Vineland Board of Education, November 6, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngFrank DiGiorgio 30.8% 9,926
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusanne Morello 21.6% 6,971
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher E. Jennings 18.5% 5,969
     Nonpartisan Frank Bongiovanni 14.9% 4,793
     Nonpartisan Rigo Onofre 14.1% 4,549
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 19
Total Votes 32,227
Source: Cumberland County Board of Elections

What was at stake?

Incumbents Scott English and Alan Mounier sought re-election to the board against four challengers on November 5, 2013. Frank Bongiovanni was appointed to replace Carols Mercado until the general election. English won re-election while the two remaining spots were filled by Richard Baruffi and Brian DeWinne. Tom Ulrich ran for the unexpired one-year term left by Carlos Mercado rather than pursuing another full term and won election to that seat.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Vineland Board of Education election in 2013:[6]

Deadline Event
June 4, 2013 Last day for filing nominating petitions in school board elections
June 10, 2013 Last day to challenge nominating petitions in school board elections
August 12, 2013 County clerk draws ballot positions for candidates
September 6, 2013 Last day for candidates to withdraw from genera election ballot
November 5, 2013 General election
December 3, 2013 Certification of election results by Board of State Canvassers

Additional elections on the ballot

The Vineland Board of Education elections shared the ballot with state elections. Residents of Vineland casted their ballots for Governor along with seats in the New Jersey State Assembly and New Jersey State Senate. The November 5 ballot included proposed constitutional amendments that would establish cost of living adjustments for the state minimum wage and use gaming profits for veterans' organizations.[7]

See also

External links

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