Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Karen Lemon
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Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Karen Lemon

Education: Bachelor’s of science in mathematics education and master’s in business administration. Why are you the right candidate for the school board? I am running for the Princeton Board of Education with Paul Johnson and Bill Hare. We know there needs to be a change in the board due to current leadership’s content with complacency. There…

Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Jean Durbin
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Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Jean Durbin

Education: J.D. Temple University, M.S.W. University of Pennsylvania, B.A. English Franklin & Marshall College. Why are you the right candidate for the school board? I offer a demonstrated record of volunteer service rooted in community building and the principles of equity, access and inclusion. My approach to problem solving is informed by my work as a…

Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Hendricks Davis
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Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Hendricks Davis

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from Defiance College, Ohio; M.Div, ThM. from Princeton Theological Seminary; MSW from Rutgers University Why are you the right candidate for the school board? I have a life-long commitment to the education of children, youth and young adults and many years of experience and effective leadership of educational, community and advocacy organizations;…

Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Bill Hare
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Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Bill Hare

Education: Bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering, master’s of science in bioengineering, JD/MBA, master’s of science in biotechnology. Why are you the right candidate for the school board? I am running as part of a slate of three candidates with Paul Johnson and Karen Lemon because we want to make a difference on the Princeton Board…

Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Beth Behrend
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Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Beth Behrend

Education: I am a product of public schools, originally from Hartland, Wisconsin. I hold a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. and LLM degrees from the University of Michigan Law School. While I am President of the Board of Education, I am responding here as a private citizen and am not representing the…

Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Adam Bierman
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Princeton School Board Candidate Profile: Adam Bierman

Education: Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in international affairs from Rutgers University. Social Studies certification from the College of New Jersey. Why are you the right candidate for the school board? Education is in my family’s blood. I am a teacher at the State Division of Children and Families, working with at-risk students in Trenton. I…

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 13 in NJ: Three ways you can register to vote

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 13 in NJ: Three ways you can register to vote

The deadline to vote in the Nov. 3 general election is Tuesday, Oct. 13. The following are three ways you can register to vote in New Jersey. You can register online to vote in New Jersey by visiting the state’s voter registration page. You will need a current driver’s license or non-driver identification card. Your…

Ask the local school board candidates your questions
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Ask the local school board candidates your questions

Planet Princeton will be sending candidate profile questions to all eight candidates seeking a seat on the Princeton Board of Education. We would like to know what questions you want us to ask the candidates. We will select questions from readers for our candidate questionnaire, and will try to include as many of your questions…

Report: Non-voter media consumption habits may help determine 2020 election turnout

Report: Non-voter media consumption habits may help determine 2020 election turnout

A new report by the Knight Foundation finds that the news diets of chronic non-voters may shape whether they decide to vote in the general election Nov. 3. In 2016, almost 100 million eligible voters did not vote, making non-voters a larger constituency than either the Democratic or Republican voter bases. A new Knight Foundation…

New Jersey joins coalition suing to protect U.S. Postal Service and mail-in voting from cutbacks and slowed deliveries
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New Jersey joins coalition suing to protect U.S. Postal Service and mail-in voting from cutbacks and slowed deliveries

“The Postal Service’s unofficial motto states that ‘neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.’ The Postal Service has served Americans well since our country’s founding. We are filing this lawsuit to ensure that even politically motivated cutbacks won’t prevent the timely…

NJ will have modified vote-by-mail election in November
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NJ will have modified vote-by-mail election in November

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Friday creating a modified vote-by-mail system for the November election because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order suspends the sending of sample ballots, and requires that each county’s elections officials send vote-by-mail ballots with pre-paid postage to all active registered voters for the general…

2020 primary election results certified in Mercer County

2020 primary election results certified in Mercer County

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello has certified the election results for the June 7 primary elections. The elections were conducted primarily via mail-in ballots. Voters could also vote in person by casting provisional ballots. Voter turnout (mail and in-person combined) for the primaries in Mercer County was 23.78 percent, according to the clerk’s office….

Trio will run as slate for diversity, affordability, and transparency in Princeton Board of Education race
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Trio will run as slate for diversity, affordability, and transparency in Princeton Board of Education race

Three residents who are running as a team in the local school board election this year are focusing on diversity, affordability, and transparency in the Princeton Public Schools. Karen Lemon, Paul Johnson, and William Hare have announced that they will run a joint campaign for the school board in the non-partisan November election. Lemon, who…

Bierman announces he will seek a seat on the Princeton Board of Education
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Bierman announces he will seek a seat on the Princeton Board of Education

Adam Bierman, a lifelong Princeton resident who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Princeton Council in 2019 as an independent candidate, has announced that he is running for a seat on the local school board in the November election. School board elections are non-partisan. Bierman is a teacher for the New Jersey Division of…

Ballot drop off, mail-in and in-person voting in NJ ends at 8 p.m.

Ballot drop off, mail-in and in-person voting in NJ ends at 8 p.m.

Some Princeton area residents are still reporting that the U.S. Postal Service is sending them back the mail-in ballots they filled out and put in special return envelopes. Three readers reported that their ballots were returned to them in the mail on Tuesday. One Princeton resident said he was told to drop his ballot off…

Trenton resident runs a write-in campaign for president in the NJ GOP primary as a way to make a statement

Trenton resident runs a write-in campaign for president in the NJ GOP primary as a way to make a statement

Jim Gordon, a longtime Trenton resident, is waging a write-in campaign for U.S. President in the New Jersey primary today to make a statement about Donald Trump, the lack of choices in the GOP primary, and alternative Republican voices. Gordon has a small goal. He wants at least 700 people to write his name in…

Some mail-in ballots in Mercer County being returned to voters by local post offices

Some mail-in ballots in Mercer County being returned to voters by local post offices

Some voters who cast their votes in the primary elections by mail were surprised last week to send them off in the mail and then receive them back in their mailboxes a few days later. Voters are concerned that people have or will send in a mail-in ballot and not discover until after the election…