Elizabeth Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Elizabeth Public Schools 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
Elizabeth Public Schools
Union County, New Jersey ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New Jersey
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Three seats on the Elizabeth Public Schools school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Carlos M. Trujillo, Stan Neron and José M. Rodríguez defeated seven challengers to win three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Elizabeth Public Schools, New Jersey
Elizabeth Public Schools is located in Union County, New Jersey
Elizabeth Public Schools is located in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the county seat of Union County. According to the 2010 US Census, Union County is home to 543,976 residents.[1]

Demographics

Union County underperformed compared to the state's median household income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Union County was $68,688 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Union County was 9.8% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 31.6% of Union 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 Union County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 69.0 73.8
Black or African American 23.3 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.6
Asian 5.1 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 28.7 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Union County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 126,969 42.12
Republican 43,735 14.51
Libertarian 84 0.01
Green 41 0.01
Other 34 0.01
Unaffiliated 130,598 43.34


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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Elizabeth 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]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was June 4.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

At-large

  • Anthony Padlo
    • Incumbent
    • Remarketing logistics coordinator, Enterprise Holdings

  • Cristina Pinzon
    • Graduate, Montclair State University
    • Corporate relations manager, United Way of Greater Union County
  • Stan Neron
    • Graduate, Kean University
    • Director of youth services, City of Elizabeth

Election results

Elizabeth Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos M. Trujillo Incumbent 18.5% 4,604
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngStan Neron 17.8% 4,430
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJosé M. Rodríguez 14.8% 3,685
     Nonpartisan Stefano Calella Incumbent 14.6% 3,646
     Nonpartisan Cristina Pinzon 14.4% 3,588
     Nonpartisan Anthony Padlo Incumbent 14.3% 3,569
     Nonpartisan Luis F. Rincon 2.1% 531
     Nonpartisan Maria Da Rassi 2.1% 527
     Nonpartisan Osment Spencer 1.3% 329
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 18
Total Votes 24,927
Source: Union County, New Jersey, "UC 2013 General/School Election," November 14, 2013

Endorsements

José M. Rodríguez, Cristina Pinzon and Stan Neron received endorsements for their campaigns from Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $178,987.16 and spent a total of $133,009.23 during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[7]

Candidates running as part of the Continue the Progress slate received a total of $131,849.00 and spent a total of $88,150.90.

Candidates running as part of the Election Fund of RNP slate received a total of $47,138.16 and spent a total of $44,858.33.

The remaining candidates did not report any contributions or expenditures during the election.

Past elections

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Carlos M. Trujillo, Anthony Padlo and Stefano Calella ran for re-election as part of the Continue the Progress slate. Challengers José M. Rodríguez, Stan Neron and Cristina Pinzon raised funds under the Election Fund of RNP. Maria Da Rassi, Osment Spencer and Luis F. Rincon did not run as part of a slate.

Issues

District expansion and online offerings

Over the last decade, Elizabeth Public Schools has added 13 new school buildings in order to reduce overcrowding in certain district schools and to expand educational offerings to the student body. Two new schools, the iPrep Academy School No. 8 and Mravlag of Elmora Hills School No. 21, were added for the 2013-14 school year. Students at the iPrep Academy magnet school all receive tablets or notebook computers in addition to having complete online access to class materials and to other learning software following the 1-to-1 model. The school is participating in the "Teach To One" education model developed by New Classrooms of New York City to use algorithmic approaches and adoptive learning strategies to improve mathematics instruction. Mravlag of Elmora Hills School is also providing its students with tablets and notebook computers along with offering online course materials.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Elizabeth Public Schools election in 2013:[5]

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.[9]

See also

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