Lawrence Board of Education Profile: Patricia Hendricks Farmer

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Patricia Hendricks Farmer is a product of the Lawrence public school system. Given this fact, she thinks she is perfectly poised to bring positive change to the school district.

Read below to learn more about Hendricks Farmer and her platform for the upcoming elections in Lawrence.

Name – Patricia Hendricks Farmer

Age (as of Election Day) – 52

Position Sought –

Lawrence Township School Board

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

Bachelor’s, Journalism /Public Relations, Temple University

Lawrence High School

Occupation –

Business Associate , Princeton Montessori School

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – None

Why are you seeking elective office?

Education has always been at the forefront of the Hendricks family tradition and is the primary reason why I’m running — to add my voice as a former student, parent and member of the community. I hope to responsibly manage

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East Windsor Board of Education Profile: Jagruti Patel

EAST WINDSOR — A resident of East Windsor, Jagruti Patel is running for a seat on the school Board. She says that the current pandemic has posed a number of challenged for the school community, and as a Board member she plans to tackle the biggest one of them all first – training and equipping teachers to better handle the virtual mode of education.

Read below to learn more about Patel and her platform for the upcoming elections in East Windsor.

Name – Jagruti Patel

Age (as of Election Day) – 49

Position Sought –

East Windsor School Board member

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? Yes – I worked for Federal Agency

Education –

B.S.in Accounting

Occupation –

Auditor for over 25 years

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office –

Current – 17 years on East Windsor Planning Board

Why are you seeking elective

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Princeton Board of Education Profile: Michele Tuck-Ponder

PRINCETON, NJ — Incumbent Princeton Board of Education Vice-President Michele Tuck-Ponder is running for another term this coming election.

A resident of Princeton, Tuck-Ponder has held various offices in over the past 30 years, including Mayor. Tuck-Ponder says she’s a strong advocate for reasonable spending and cost saving measures. She wants to ensure all students get equal and excellent education without putting much burden on the taxpayer.

Read below to learn more about Tuck-Ponder and her platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.

Name – Michele Tuck-Ponder

Age (as of Election Day) – 62

Position Sought – Member, Board of Education

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? – No

Education –

B.S. Journalism, Northwestern University

J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School

Occupation –

Executive Director, Destination Imagination (2017- present)

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office –

Princeton Township Committeewoman

Mayor, Princeton Township

Commissioner, Princeton Housing

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Candidate Profile: Karen Lemon For Princeton Board Of Education

PRINCETON, NJ – A recently retired AT&T executive, Karen Lemon is an experienced leader and mentor, who has led inclusion and diversity teams. Lemon is currently vying for a seat in Princeton School district’s Board of Education. She wants to make the Princeton School District affordable for all students and foster an environment of inclusivity and diversity.

Read below to learn more about Lemon and her platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.

Name – Karen Lemon

Age (as of Election Day) – 57

Position Sought – Princeton Public School Board of Education

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? No

Education –

Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics Education

Occupation –

Retire executive from AT&T

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – None

Campaign website –

www.jlhforboe.com

Why are you seeking elective office?

I want to work collaboratively as part of the Board of Education to

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South Brunswick Board Of Education Profile: Arthur Robinson

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Arthur L. Robinson, loves collecting rare books and textbooks to build his personal library. A current member of the South Brunswick Board of Education, Robinson says that the court’s decision to add more housing to the district could eventually strain school resources. But he hopes to tackle this problem through experience and leadership skills and lead the district toward achieving its academic goals.

Read below to learn more about Robinson and his platform for the upcoming elections in South Brunswick.

Name – Arthur L. Robinson

Age (as of Election Day) – 63

Position Sought – South Brunswick School Board Member

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? – No

Education –

Master’s in Environmental Policy Studies, NJIT

Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Professional diploma, Wharton Management Program, UPENN

Professional diploma, Naval Command and Staff Program, U.S. Naval War College

Certified

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Garwood Board Of Education Profile: Christine Guerriero

GARWOOD, NJ — Garwood School Board has three seats up for grab in the upcoming election on Nov. 3.

Christine Guerriero and Albert Del Conte are both vying for one of the three, three-year seats available, leaving one seat open.

Are you running for office in Clark-Gawood? Contact Alexis Tarrazi at alexis.tarrazi@patch.com for information on being featured in a candidate’s profile and submitting campaign announcements to Clark-Garwood Patch.

Christine Guerriero

1. Why are running for Board of Education?

As a third-generation BOE member I have a strong belief in the value of a quality education and in the importance of community service. I received my start in life in the Garwood Public Schools and I learned valuable academic and life lessons in the system. I have served on the Board for 18 years. With most members in their first term on the Board I provide a wealth of knowledge and

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South Brunswick Board Of Education Profile: Smitha Raj

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — South Brunswick resident Smitha Raj is concerned about the falling ranking of district schools. “While the decline in our school performance is troubling, this also has a broader impact on our community as people find South Brunswick a less desirable community to raise their children,” said Raj.

Raj who works as a programmer has a PhD in economics. Along with Raja Krishna and Mike Mitchell, she is running for a seat in the Board of Education this Nov.3.

Raj tells Patch that she has plan to overcome challenges faced by the school system and improve the overall ranking of the district.

Read below to learn more about Raj and her platform for the upcoming elections in South Brunswick.

Name – Smitha Raj

Age (as of Election Day) – 39

Position Sought – Board of Education member

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? No

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Candidate Profile: Yash Pandya For Edison Board Of Education

EDISON, NJ — At 25, Yash Pandya is this year’s youngest candidate to run for a seat in the hotly contested Edison Board of Education elections.

A recent graduate of the town’s public school system, Pandya believes he has a lot to contribute when it comes to the betterment of the school district and students. He thinks school overcrowding is a concern and presents a plan to tackle the issue.

Pandya hopes his candidacy inspires young men and women to get involved in the community.

Read below to learn more about Pandya and his platform for the upcoming elections in Edison.

Name – Yash Pandya

Age (at the time of election) – 25

Position sought – Edison Board of Education

Education – Bachelor’s in Supply Chain and Concentration in Management Information Systems from Rutgers University – Business School

Previous or Current or Appointed Office – No

Why are you seeking

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Candidate Profile: Jean Durbin for Princeton Board Of Education

PRINCETON, NJ — Princeton resident Jean Durbin is running for a seat on the Board of Education this Nov. 3. A graduate of Temple University’s law school, Durbin has been serving as an attorney in the Office of Finance and Treasury at Princeton University.

Durban identifies many pressing issues faced by the school district, including educating children in the midst of a pandemic, reckoning with past racial injustice among other challenges. She brings with her a background in social work, policy and law, which she feels could help the school district in achieving many of its future goals.

Read below to learn more about Durban and her platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton Township.

Name – Jean Durbin

Age (as of Election Day) – 52

Position Sought – Board of Education

Family – Husband, Jon, and two sons who have gone through Princeton Public Schools since Kindergarten. One is

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Candidate Profile: Becky Hamman, Stamford Board Of Education

STAMFORD, CT — The 2020 election is heating up in Connecticut and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Eyes are primarily focused on the presidential election, but every state representative and senate seat is up for grabs. All five of Connecticut’s congressional seats are up for grabs as well.

There are 151 seats in the state House of Representatives and 36 in the state Senate. Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers with a 91 to 60 lead over Republicans in the House and a 22 to 14 lead in the Senate.

Connecticut Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.

Becky Hamman, a Stamford resident, is running for re-election to the city’s Board of Education.

Age: 58

Party affiliation: Republican Party

Family: My husband, Dale, and I have resided in

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