Jackson School District elections (2013)

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2013 Jackson School District 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
Jackson School District
Ocean County, New Jersey ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New Jersey
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Two seats on the Jackson School District school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Sharon E. Dey and Thomas Colucci defeated Laurie Keats, Tina Pohlemus and Tracey Murnane to win two at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Jackson School District, New Jersey
Jackson School District is located in Ocean County, New Jersey
Jackson School District is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. The county seat of Ocean County is Toms River. According to the 2010 US Census, Ocean County was home to 580,470 residents.[1]


Ocean County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in median household income according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Ocean County was $60,712 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Ocean County was 9.5% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 24.5% of Ocean 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 Ocean County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 93.1 73.8
Black or African American 3.4 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.6
Asian 1.9 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.7 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Ocean County Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 108,575 28.65
Democratic 73,922 19.50
Libertarian 127 0.01
Green 78 0.01
Other 81 0.01
Unaffiliated 196,246 51.82

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 Jackson school board consists of seven 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. Two 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]





  • Thomas Colucci
    • Graduate, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • Commercial pilot, United Airlines

  • Tina Pohlemus
    • Graduate, Ocean School of Real Estate
    • Realtor, Century 21 Action Plus Realty
  • Laurie Keats
    • Graduate, New York University
    • Retired educator

Election results

Jackson School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSharon E. Dey Incumbent 25.6% 4,007
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Colucci 25.6% 4,006
     Nonpartisan Laurie Keats 19.6% 3,072
     Nonpartisan Tina Pohlemus 16.3% 2,563
     Nonpartisan Tracey Murnane 12.6% 1,982
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 46
Total Votes 15,676
Source: Ocean County, New Jersey, "Official results," November 14, 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.[6]

Past elections

What was at stake?

There were two seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Sharon E. Dey filed for re-election, but fellow incumbent Linda A. Lackay decided not to run for re-election after spending a decade on the board. Dey competed with four challengers in the at-large race.


Religious high school construction debate

During the fall of the 2013-14 school year, local Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum proposed the construction of a new private high school in Jackson to serve Orthodox Jewish female students. Oros Bais Yaakov High School would span 7.5 acres and accommodate 190 students initially before a planned expansion would increase its capacity to approximately 400 students.[7] Jackson township zoning board officials delayed their ruling on whether or not to grant a variance for the proposed school in order to conduct a traffic-impact study.[8] Hundreds of Jackson School District parents protested the proposed high school at the zoning board's meeting, arguing that it would damage district finances and potentially endanger local water and septic systems due to its planned location.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Jackson School District 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.[10]

See also

External links

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