Does being first on the ballot give a candidate an advantage in the general election?
If so, Board of Education candidate David Fischer is in the best position this election cycle. Since school elections are nonpartisan, candidates do not fall into party lines on the ballot, so the positions are chosen by random drawing at the Ocean County Clerk’s office. The drawing was held Monday.
Four candidates are vying for two seats on the board this year. Incumbents Sharon Cantillo and Lawrence K. Reid are facing off against Fischer and John Barton for the seats. Cantillo currently served as board president. She and Reid were elected in 2011, when the board election was still held in April.
Fischer will appear first on the ballot, followed by Cantillo, Reid and Barton. The general election will be held Nov. 4.