This spring NJREA members will elect officers, NJEA Delegate Assembly (DA) members and NJEA DA alternates. In addition, members will elect delegates to the NEA-Retired Conference (NEA-R) and NEA Representative Assembly (NEA-RA). NJREA’s Delegate Council recently reviewed the election policy and approved changes in May.

To provide voters with candidate information, the March NJREA Newsletter will contain a color 2-inch by 2-inch passport photo and statement from each candidate—this applies to both NJREA officer and NJEA DA candidates. As per approved election policy, candidates must supply the required size and style photograph and a brief statement (50 words or less) before Jan. 15. If a candidate does not supply a color 2-inch by 2-inch passport photo and statement, only the candidate’s name and office will be printed. If an office or position is not contested, no biographical information or statements will appear.

Officer nominations

NJREA’s constitution requires that a person running for an NJREA office must be a unified member of NJREA (national, state, and county) and have actively participated in a county REA and/or the NJREA for a minimum of two years.

Candidates interested in running for NJREA offices must get both signatures and phone numbers from at least 15 unified NJREA members, excluding the candidate.

Signatures on petitions for NJREA officers and NJEA DA and DA Alternate candidates must match the name as it appears on your NJEA membership card to be valid.

Association officers’ terms run from Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2021. Offices include:

• President*

• First Vice President*

• Second Vice President*

• Treasurer*

• Secretary*

• NJEA DA Delegate

• NJEA DA Alternate

*All NJREA officers are automatically elected as delegates to NEA-RA and the NEA-Retired Conference in 2019 and 2020.

NOTE: The constitution permits officers to serve two consecutive two-year terms.

Completed officer petitions must be received in NJREA’s office no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 15. Forms may be hand-delivered, mailed, or faxed. Candidates are responsible for verifying that petitions have been received by the deadline.

National delegates

Candidates for delegate to the NEA-R and NEA-RA may self-nominate. Individuals may run as a delegate, ethnic-minority concerns delegate or both. Petition forms are available at the NJREA office and on the NJREA website only. ALL forms (whether hand-delivered, faxed, or mailed) must be received in NJREA’s office no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 15.

A candidate’s name on self-nominating forms must reflect the name that appears on his/her NJEA/NJREA membership card.

Individuals elected will serve as delegates to the 2019 and 2020 conventions. Delegates to NEA-R must also attend the NEA-RA that follows.

Candidates who run for both categories (delegate and minority-concerns delegate) and are elected in both categories when election results are made public, but who cannot be contacted within 48 hours following the announcement of the results, will be declared elected in the category in which they received the greater number of votes. Successor delegates shall be chosen in order of the number of votes received after delegates have been determined by NJREA’s Elections Committee.

Candidates may mail or fax completed forms to NJEA at 609-278-0688. Again, candidates are urged to call to confirm receipt of their petitions before Jan. 15.

Balloting commences March 15; all ballots must be received at the address provided on the business-reply envelope before the March 29 deadline. Watch for candidate statements and balloting details in the March NJREA Newsletter.

For a complete description of officers’ duties, a self-nominating form, or a petition for NJREA officer, call Cathy Raffaele at 609-599-4561, ext. 2300, or visit njea.org/njrea.

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