Filing Deadline For School Board Candidates Is July 29

OCEAN COUNTY – Nominating petitions for board of education seats are due by 4 p.m. July 29 to the Ocean County Clerk’s Office.

Those petitions are available in person at the clerk’s office in the Ocean County Courthouse, Election Services, room 107, 118 Washington St. in Toms River, or at the Ocean County Southern Service Center at 179 Main St. in Manahawkin.

Board of Education members are elected during the general election, which this year is Nov. 5. There are 66 open seats this election cycle.

Candidates running on the same slate can file one petition, Ocean County Clerk Scott M. Colabella said. They may also choose a three-word slogan which, if used, must be part of the petition and will appear under their names on the ballot.

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“Simply, more than one candidate can appear and circulate the same petition for the same office and term,” he said. “In the past, petitions had to be filed separately, even if all the candidates were running on one slate.”

Petitions must be filed with disclosure statements, which declare a candidate has not been convicted of a disqualifying crime.

Candidates who need more information can call the election office at 732-929-2153.

A list of candidates will be available after July 29 at oceancountyclerk.com or facebook.com/oceancountyclerk.