Concerned Citizen Writes Open Letter About Board of Education Election Date Change Favored by Council

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Change the school board election to November and combine it with the general elections, save money and maybe more people will vote.  Seems like a good idea?  Think again.

While the school board election is officially nonpartisan, nothing prohibits politicians from endorsing or supporting their preferred candidates.  That means that they can use their fundraising and campaigning connections to support their selected candidates.  

Here are some questions to consider:

Will the move make our Board of Education elections more political?
Will politically-connected candidates have a greater advantage?
Will candidates who are not politically connected be disadvantaged?
Will it discourage qualified candidates from running?
Will it encourage  candidates with higher political aspirations to use the Board of Education as a stepping stone?
Will  it encourage lobbying of politicians by individuals who have interests in school positions or business contracts with the school?
Will voters  be less informed due to competition with other elections at the same time?
Will any increase in voting be a result of less informed voters?
Could Trenton politicians apply pressure on our local elections?

Is it worth the price of one cup of coffee per year?  Yes, that is all you will save.

Why not wait four or five years to see what happens in other towns? For many of the reasons listed above,  Edison has decided not to move it's school board election.  Our Board of Education has already had public input on this issue and voted not to move the election.  Why would we now allow the town council to nullify their vote?  While the council has the right to vote on this, they are not required to vote on it.  

 THE MEETING OF THE METUCHEN BOROUGH COUNCIL SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2014 WAS CANCELLED. THE BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING IS RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2014 AT 7:30 PM AT METUCHEN BOROUGH HALL, 500 MAIN STREET, METUCHEN, NJ."

The council is scheduled to vote on this matter at the February 10th meeting ( http://www.metuchennj.org/bc-agendas/2014/bc_20140203/R2014-48.pdf ).  Please attend the meeting and give your input.  If you can not attend the meeting, you can contact the council members prior to the meeting( http://metuchennj.org/council.html ). If the decision is made to move the school board elections to November, it must stay that way for at least four
years. 

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