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School Board Petition Filing Deadline is Monday, July 31

Petitions must be returned before 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds Union County residents seeking School Board positions in their municipality that the deadline for filing their nominating petitions is Monday, July 31, 2023, before 4:00 p.m. in the County Clerk’s Election Office, at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, Room 113. The drawing for positions for the school board will be on Monday, August 14, 2023.

Petition forms are available at the County Clerk’s Election Office in Elizabeth, or they can be downloaded from the County Clerk’s elections website,

“As a former school board member, I believe serving on a school board is not just a responsibility; it is a vital commitment to our community’s future,” said County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. “By actively participating in the decision-making process, individuals can shape the direction of education, ensuring that every child receives the best possible opportunities. I strongly encourage individuals to step forward and embrace this significant role, as they have the power to make a lasting impact on the lives of countless young minds.”

Ms. Rajoppi also advised applicants to be aware that a state law effective July 1, 2018 permits School Board Candidates to circulate petitions jointly. They may be bracketed together on the ballot if they wish with one or two other candidates with the same slogan.

The 2018 law also permits a short non-political slogan not to exceed three words.  Candidates are also required to file a specific affirmation that they have not been convicted of crimes that would disqualify them from office with their petition.

The County Clerk’s Elizabeth Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office may be reached by phone during office hours at 908-527-4996 with any inquiries regarding elections in Union County.

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