Union Co. residents seeking school board seats must file by July 25

UNION COUNTY, NJ – All Union County residents planning to run for school board positions in their municipality should file their applications by Monday, July 25, according to County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi.

Residents should file petitions at the County Clerk’s Elections Office at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, Room 113, by 4 p.m. The annual school election will be held in New Jersey on Nov. 8.

Petition forms are available from Elizabeth’s office, or they can be downloaded from the County Clerk’s Elections website, unioncountyvotes.com/candidate-petitions.

“As a former school board member, I encourage participation in this important civic duty,” Rajoppi said in a statement. “Service in a school board provides the public with an opportunity to contribute to the community.”

Rajoppi also advised candidates to be aware that a state law effective July 1, 2018 allows school board candidates to jointly circulate petitions. They can be bracketed on the ballot if they wish along with one or two other candidates with the same slogan.

The 2018 law also states that a short apolitical slogan cannot exceed three words. Applicants are also required to file a specific assertion that they have not been convicted of crimes that would disqualify them from office with their petition.

Elizabeth County Clerk’s office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office can be reached by phone during office hours at 908-527-4996 for questions regarding the Union County election.