Nominating petitions must be turned in to the Ocean County Clerk’s office by July 27 at 4 p.m., County Clerk Scott Colabella said. All of Ocean County’s school districts, including Brick, took advantage of a law enacted in 2012 that allowed Board of Education candidates to be elected in the general election in November. School board elections were previously held in April.
This year, four seats on the Brick school board are up for grabs – three regular term seats and the unexpired term of former board member John Talty.
Nominating petitions for school board can be obtained in person at either the Ocean County Clerk’s Main Office, at the Ocean County Courthouse, Election Services, Room 107 at 118 Washington Street, Toms River, or at the Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 South Main Street (Route 9), Manahawkin. The offices are staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“A law signed by the governor last year moved the petition filing deadline for school board candidates from June to the last Monday in July to provide candidates with more time to submit their petitions,” Colabella said.
School board candidates seeking additional information on the petition filing process can contact the Ocean County Clerk’s Election Office at (732) 929-2153.
“It’s important for candidates to get their paperwork in on time,” Colabella said. “That is what guarantees their place on the ballot.”