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2013 Clifton 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
Clifton Public Schools
Passaic County, New Jersey ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New Jersey
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Three seats on the Clifton Public Schools school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Gary Passenti, Rosemary Pino and Wayne Demikoff defeated Laura De Benedetto to win three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Clifton Public Schools, New Jersey
Clifton Public Schools is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Clifton Public Schools is located in Passaic County, New Jersey. The county seat of Passaic County is Paterson. According to the 2010 US Census, Passaic County is home to 501,224 residents.[1]


Passaic County underperformed compared to the state's median household income in the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Passaic County was $56,299 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Passaic County was 15.3% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 25.4% of Passaic County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Passaic County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 75.9 73.8
Black or African American 14.7 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5 0.6
Asian 5.5 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 38.3 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Passaic County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 97,693 33.08
Republican 52,360 17.73
Libertarian 75 0.01
Green 25 0.01
Other 38 0.01
Unaffiliated 145,114 49.16

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.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Clifton school board consists of nine members elected to three-year terms at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats were on the ballot in 2013.[4][5]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was June 4.[6]





  • Gary Passenti
    • Incumbent
    • Police sergeant, Clifton Police Department
  • Rosemary Pino
    • Graduate, Rutgers University
    • Career development, Passaic County One Stop

Election results

Clifton Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Passenti Incumbent 27.8% 6,032
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRosemary Pino 27.6% 5,974
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Demikoff Incumbent 22.2% 4,806
     Nonpartisan Laura De Benedetto 22% 4,775
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 80
Total Votes 21,667
Source: Passaic County, New Jersey, "Summary Report," November 15, 2013


No endorsements were made in this election.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[7]

Past elections

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Gary Passenti and Wayne Demikoff filed for re-election and competed with challengers Laura De Benedetto and Rosemary Pino in the at-large race. Fellow incumbent Mary Kowal did not file for re-election.


Transportation policy debate

A district policy requiring students who live within two and a half miles of their school building not to ride the bus has received criticism from local parents. District administration instituted the busing policy as a cost-saving measure, which was recently upheld by the school board due to budgetary concerns.[8] Local grandmother and student guardian Barbara Tate has denounced the policy as poor prioritization, arguing, "Children's welfare should come before anything on their budget, and if it costs them money then they will have to work it in."[9] Incumbent Wayne Demikoff defended the policy, but fellow incumbent Gary Passenti stated that board members need to review additional financial data before making a final decision on whether or not to maintain it. Both Laura De Benedetto and Rosemary Pino expressed sympathy for students and parents affected by the policy, with Pino suggesting that alternative funding through methods such as subscription busing could be a feasible solution.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Clifton Public Schools 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 the general election ballot
November 5, 2013 General election
December 3, 2013 Certification of election results by Board of State Canvassers

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with local and state elections, including the race 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.[10]

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