Lawrence school board candidates must file by July 29

Lawrence Township residents have 24 days left to file a nominating petition to seek a seat on the Lawrence Township Public Schools Board of Education.

The deadline to file is July 29 at 4 p.m.

Nominating petitions, signed by 10 registered voters, must be turned in to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office in Trenton by that date. The school board election is Nov. 5.

The terms of incumbent school board members Jon Dauber, Pepper Evans, Michelle King and Cathy LeCompte are expiring. The term is for three years.

Dauber and Evans said they had not decided whether to seek re-election, but King and LeCompte said they would each seek another term.

King announced that she is seeking re-election because she has found her ideas and interests in serving the Lawrence Township school community to be aligned with the current district goals— and she would like to continue to move them forward.

LeCompte was appointed to fill a vacancy on the school board, caused by the resignation of former board member Kelly Edelstein, through December 2019. She will run for the remainder of Edelstein’s term, which ends in January 2021.

“This first year was a great way for me to see how the board works and what the time commitment would be. I have very much enjoyed working with my fellow board members, the administration and Ross Kasun, the superintendent of schools,” LeCompte said.

“It’s an exciting time for our district. There are many great things that are happening, but there is still work to be done. I want to be a part of it and help in any way I can,” LeCompte said.

Candidates for school board must be at least 18 years old, be able to read and write, and hold U.S. citizenship. They must have lived in the school district for at least one year, and be registered to vote.

Candidates may not have an interest in any contract or hold a claim against the school board.

Candidates may not serve on the municipal governing body, and may not be disqualified from holding office because of conviction of certain crimes.

Nominating petitions and additional information are available on the New Jersey School Boards Association web site at