Anthony G. Celentano

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Anthony G. Celentano
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Candidate for
Board Member, Hamilton Township School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember, 2012
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionTechnology manager
Anthony G. Celentano is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Hamilton Township school board up for general election on November 5, 2013.


Anthony Celentano resides in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Celentano was employed in 2012 by Hamilton Township’s residency office, but he currently works as a technology manager. He served on the Hamilton Township school board during the 1980s, and he ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the board in November, 2012.[1][2]



See also: Hamilton Township School District elections (2013)


Anthony Celentano is challenging incumbents Jeff Hewitson and Dina Thornton and fellow candidates Pamela A. Kelly, Greg Schultz and Vincent McKelvey in his attempt to win one of three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


As of October 29, no 2013 campaign donations or expenditures for Anthony Celentano have been reported to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[3]


Anthony Celentano has not received any official endorsements for his campaign as of yet.


Hamilton Township School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer L. Barnock Riddell 18.1% 10,971
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard J. Kanka Incumbent 16.5% 10,003
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlbert Gayzik 13.5% 8,158
     Nonpartisan Anthony G. Celentano 12.4% 7,506
     Nonpartisan Vincent McKelvey 11.7% 7,087
     Nonpartisan Eric W. Hamilton Incumbent 9.5% 5,757
     Nonpartisan Greg Schultz 9.2% 5,598
     Nonpartisan George W. Fisher 9.1% 5,492
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 51
Total Votes 60,623
Source: Hamilton Pulse, "Ticket Splitting Dominates School Board Election," accessed October 30, 2013

What's at stake?

There are three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Jeff Hewitson and Dina Thornton filed for re-election and are competing with four challengers in the at-large race. Fellow incumbent William T. Harvey, Jr. decided not to run for re-election.

Aging district buildings

One campaign issue on which all six school board candidates agree is the necessity of repairing and upgrading Hamilton Township School District's facilities. District administration has estimated the cost of these building improvements at approximately $100 million, and administrators have created a five year plan to address the most pressing repairs in the short-term. Board President Jeff Hewitson argues, "We need to begin addressing some of these significant structural issues," and added that, "[...]there’s been a lack of emphasis put on maintenance over the last several years." Former board member Anthony G. Celentano proposed demolishing the Greenwood and Klockner elementary schools in order to build a single large elementary school on the same land as one partial solution to the problem of aging facilities in the school district. Fellow newcomer Greg Schultz stated that the facilities problem is a distraction from classroom issues, and that it will linger until the district resolves it by building additional schools.[1]

About the district

See also: Hamilton Township School District, New Jersey
Hamilton Township School District is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Hamilton Township School District is located in Mercer County, New Jersey. The county seat of Mercer County is Trenton. According to the 2010 US Census, Mercer County is home to 368,303 residents.[4]


Mercer County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of its poverty rate but outperformed the state average median rates of household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Mercer County was $73,883 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Mercer County was 10.7% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 38.0% of Mercer County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.[4]

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