East Windsor school board filing deadline approaches

Time is running out for would-be candidates to serve on the East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education.

The deadline to file a nominating petition for one of four seats on the school board is July 26 at 4 p.m. The nominating petition, which must be signed by 10 registered voters who live in the school district, must be turned in to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office in Trenton.

The school board election is Nov. 2. The term is for three years.

At stake are the seats held by Jenna Drake, Christina “Tina” Lands, Robert Laverty and Colleen Murphy.

Lands, Laverty and Murphy represent East Windsor Township on the nine-member school board, and Drake represents Hightstown Borough. Seven seats are earmarked for East Windsor residents and two are set aside for Hightstown residents.

Drake, who could not be reached for comment, is completing her second term on the school board.

Lands is completing her first term on the school board. She could not be reached for comment.

Laverty has served on the school board since 2001, with a couple of brief gaps in his service between elections and appointments. He could not be reached for comment.

Murphy, who is completing her first term, hopes to run for re-election. She said she would like to continue to help support the district in setting and meeting goals that create a safe, inclusive social and educational environment where all students can thrive.

Candidates for school board must be at least 18 years old, be able to read and write, and hold U.S. citizenship. They must have lived in the school district for at least one year, and to be registered to vote.

They may not have an interest in, or hold a claim against, the school board. They may not serve on the municipal governing body, and may not be disqualified from holding office because of conviction of certain crimes.

Nominating petitions and the school board packet are available through the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, under the “Elections” tab, at www.mercercounty.org.

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