|Election Day 2014|
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Sharon L. Angley and Monica Stromwall, members of the "Parents for Progress" slate, won two of the three available seats and incumbent Peter Biancamano, a member of the "Education of All Children" candidate and the highest vote getter, won a third seat. In all, eight candidates competed for three, three-year spots on the Hoboken Board of Education. The candidates ran under three slates: Parents for Change, Parents for Progress, and Education for All Children.
|Table 7- Click to Enlarge|
Table 8 (below) shows the fairly close grouping of Murray (1H), Waiters (6H), Rhodes-Kearns (8H), Gray (2H), Angley (3H), and Stromwell (5H). The two obvious outliers from the candidate pool were Biancamano (4H) and Danzker (7H)- especially easy to see when plotted on a normal distribution curve (see Table 1 for triangulation of this conjecture with supporting data from Table 6, Table 7, and Table 8).
|Table 8- Click to Enlarge|
Speculation and questions remain about this election. Would results have been different if there was a two slate race instead of three? Would results have been different if "Education for All Children" had a third candidate? Is "Parents for Change" a superficial re-branding of the toxic and failed Kids First group (who still hold a board majority) or will "Parents for Change" emerge as a legitimate force for unity, reform, and quality? Will this election solidify divisions or force compromise among different political factions in town? For the time being, we will leave the speculation and punditry for others to explore.
A Board of Education member is an unpaid elected official with no health or retirement benefits. Each candidate is to be acknowledged for their willingness to volunteer their time in order to serve the community. The November 2014 Board of Education election will be remembered for being a generally positive campaign where "Parents for Change", "Parents for Progress", and "Education for All Children" articulated primarily pro-active visions and "positive" messaging for moving forward in the school district and in healing certain fractures in the community. Congratulations to all.
|"Parents for Change"|
|"Parents for Progress"|
|"Education for All Children"|