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Yu Taylor Zhong

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Yu Taylor Zhong
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West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education, Plainsboro
Term ends
November 2016
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRisk manager
Yu Taylor Zhong currently represents Plainsboro on the West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education in New Jersey. He defeated incumbent Alapakkam Manikandan in the November 5, 2013 election.


Zhong is currently a risk manager with a local financial firm.[1]



See also: West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District elections (2013)


Incumbent Alapakkam Manikandan sought re-election for the Plainsboro seat against Zhong. The race for two seats from West Windsor includes incumbent Louisa Ho and challengers Rakesh Kak, Scott Powell and Yingchao Zhang. Incumbent Hemant Marathe ran for Mayor of West Windsor after serving for nine years on the board.[2]


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


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

Campaign themes


In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, Zhong explained his views on major issues facing the district:[1]

District growth

"Growth of the school district means more students will be vying for limited resources. One responsibility for a board member is to review and vote on budget for various programs. If I get elected, I will constantly review the programs. While we should support all the students, I would rank and prioritize the programs by enrollment. I will support programs with large enrollment. I'll also seek help for those with smaller enrollment or find external resources to support them."

Financial challenges

"We must seek external resources. There are several ways:

  • Federal funding: Fed funds are available for some high school programs. Edison school district got fed funds. I will learn the process and help the district to apply for fed funding. I will make this my top priority if I get elected. We should also research fed funds for STEM education.
  • WW-P Education Foundation and Alumni network: Peddie School has endowment of over $300 million. WW-P can learn from that and do the same thing. We should support WW-P Education Foundation and help it seek donations from WW-P alumni network. We can also ask alumni to sponsor some programs. For example, Latin will be eliminated. One alternative we can try is to seek help from former students attending Latin classes.
  • Local business: We can work with local business and get them to sponsor various programs / activities such as sports. We need to be very selective in identifying those businesses."

School safety

"Since the Sandy Hook incident, the district made school safety a top issue. This year $1 million was budgeted for increased security measures. The district is considering expanding the Eyes on the Door security pilot program. The program will be extended to the middle schools as well as Village and Millstone River, and it will also be implemented for after-school activities. In addition, 42 security cameras have been purchased and will be installed in the schools. I support these measures.

Other districts also take school safety seriously. Some arm their teachers, some place police officers inside school building, others installed camera. Summit schools in New Jersey are stopping unannounced visits.

WW-P is one of the top ranked-school districts in the state, let's make it one of the safest as well."

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.[4]


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%).[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
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[5]
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 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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