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West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District elections (2013)

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2013 West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
New Jersey
West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District
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Three seats were up for election on the West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education on November 5, 2013. Four candidates from West Windsor sought two seats on the board while two candidates from Plainsboro vied for a single seat. Scott Powell and Louisa Ho defeated Rakesh Kak and Yingchao Zhang to win the two West Windsor seats. Yu Taylor Zhong defeated Alapakkam Manikandan to win the Plainsboro seat.

About the district

See also: West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, New Jersey
West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
The West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District serves students in Plainsboro and West Windsor in Mercer County, New Jersey. The population of Mercer County was 366,513 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Mercer County outperformed state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind the state poverty rate in 2010. The county had a poverty rate of 10.7% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Mercer County's median income at $73,883 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of county residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (38%) is higher than the state average (35%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Mercer County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 66.5 73.8
Black or African American 21 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.6
Asian 9.7 9
Two or More Races 2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 53.3 58.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 67.2 30.5
2008 67.3 31.3
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 West Windsoro-Plainsboro Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected by district to three-year terms. The board includes five seats for West Windsor members and four seats for Plainsboro members. Voters chose two candidates from West Windsor and one candidate from Plainsboro on November 5, 2013. Three seats are up for election each November.

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]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Louisa Ho
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Stay-at-home mom
  • Rakesh Kak
    • Graduate, Indian Institute of Technology and Columbia University
    • Managing partner, View Partners
  • Scott Powell
    • Graduate, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Southern California
    • Product manager, Prudential Financial
  • Yingchao Zhang
    • Graduate, University of Science and Technology of China and SUNY Stony Brook
    • Director of sales engineering, NetScout Systems

Election results

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School School Board, Plainsboro District, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngYu Taylor Zhong 52.2% 1,484
     Nonpartisan Alapakkam Manikandan Incumbent 47.8% 1,360
Total Votes 2,844
Source: Middlesex County, "Election Results," November 12, 2013


West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School School Board, West Windsor District, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngScott Powell 30.2% 2,977
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLouisa Ho Incumbent 29% 2,866
     Nonpartisan Rakesh Kak 24.8% 2,448
     Nonpartisan Yingchao Zhang 15.8% 1,560
     Nonpartisan Personal choice 0.2% 19
Total Votes 9,870
Source: Mercer County Clerk, "Election Results," November 13, 2013

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $2,735.91 and spent a total of $717.44 during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[5]

In the Plainsboro District race, candidates received a total of $585.91 and spent a total of $585.91.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Alapakkam Manikandan $585.91 $585.91 $0.00
Yu Taylor Zhong $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the West Windsor District race, candidates received a total of $2,150.00 and spent a total of $131.53.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Louisa Ho $2,000.00 $0.00 $2,000.00
Rakesh Kak $150.00 $131.53 $18.47
Scott Powell $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Yingchao Zhang $0.00 $0.00 $0.00


What was at stake?

Incumbent Alapakkam Manikandan lost re-election for the Plainsboro seat to challenger Yu Taylor Zhong. The race for two seats from West Windsor included incumbent Louisa Ho and challengers Rakesh Kak, Scott Powell and Yingchao Zhang. Powell and Ho won those seats. Incumbent Hemant Marathe ran for Mayor of West Windsor after serving for nine years on the board.[6]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education election in 2013:[7]

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 West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education elections shared the ballot with local and state elections. The general election included races for Mayor and two seats on the West Windsor Town Council. Residents of West Windsor also casted 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.[8]

See also

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