Woodbridge Township School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Woodbridge Township School District
Three seats were up for election on the Woodbridge Township Board of Education. Five candidates ran for election to the board on November 5, 2013. John Golden, Brian F. Small and Jonathan Triebwasser defeated Thomas E. Maras and Biren J. Jhaveri to win three at-large seats.
About the district
Woodbridge Township outperformed state rates for poverty and median income while lagging behind the state rate for higher education achievement in 2010. The town had a poverty rate of 5.4% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Woodbridge Township's median income at $78,446 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (34.6%) is below the state average (35%).
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. 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 Woodbridge Township Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to three-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats are up for election each year.
Candidates for the Board of Education must be 18 years old, reside within the district and submit nominating petitions to the county clerk by the filing deadline. The district moved board elections from the third Tuesday of April to the first Tuesday of November after a 2012 state law provided greater flexibility for local election officials.
- John Golden
- Thomas E. Maras
- Brian F. Small
- Biren J. Jhaveri
- Small business owner
- Jonathan Triebwasser
- Food service and transportation supervisor, Point Pleasant School District
|Woodbridge Township School Board, At-large, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||John Golden Incumbent||29.4%||8,554|
|Nonpartisan||Brian F. Small Incumbent||28.5%||8,284|
|Nonpartisan||Jonathan Triebwasser Incumbent||17.5%||5,088|
|Nonpartisan||Thomas E. Maras||17%||4,943|
|Nonpartisan||Biren J. Jhaveri||7.7%||2,238|
|Source: Middlesex County, "Election Results," November 12, 2013|
Candidates received a total of $11,800.000 and spent a total of $10,606.05 during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Candidates running as part of the Our Children's Future is Now slate received a total of $11,800.00 and spent a total of $10,606.05.
The remaining candidates reported no contributions or expenditures during the election.
|Woodbridge Township Board of Education, November 6, 2012|
|Source: Unofficial results from Woodbridge Patch|
What was stake?
Incumbents John Golden, Brian F. Small and Jonathan Triebwasser all sought re-election to the board as the Our Children's Future is Now slate. They won re-election over challengers Thomas E. Maras and Biren J. Jhaveri.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Woodbridge Township Board of Education election in 2013:
|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 genera election ballot|
|November 5, 2013||General election|
|December 3, 2013||Certification of election results by Board of State Canvassers|
Additional elections on the ballot
The Woodbridge Township Board of Education elections shared the ballot with local and state elections. Residents of Woodbridge Township voted for Sheriff, three seats on the Board of Freeholders and one seat on the Town Council. Voters throughout New Jersey also casted ballots 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.
- New Jersey
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Woodbridge Township School District, New Jersey
- Middlesex County, New Jersey ballot measures
- Financial policies, education standards at stake in November school board elections
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Woodbridge Township," accessed October 30, 2013
- City of Perth Amboy, "General Election Results," accessed October 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- NJ.com, "Scores of N.J. school districts moving elections from April to November," February 26, 2012
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 General Election Timeline," accessed October 21, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Election Information," accessed October 21, 2013