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School Board Candidacy

Filing Deadline for November

School Board Candidates is July 30

The November annual school election is still about four months away, but the nominating petitions for that election are due to the county clerk by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 30.

School board secretaries and anyone interested in board member candidacy can find sample nominating petitions and information on candidacy at

Ballot Bracketing On May 30, S-868/A-2030, was enacted, which allows board of education candidates to circulate a nominating petition jointly and to be bracketed together on the ballot. NJSBA has both types of sample petitions—individual filing and joint filing—posted on its Candidates Kit web page.

Some county boards of elections require the use of a county-specific nominating petition and other forms. Board candidates should contact their county clerk for details concerning the proper form(s) to use for candidacy in the November 2018 elections.

For questions, please contact Ann Marie Smith at NJ School Boards Association.

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