This spring NJREA members will elect officers, NJEA Delegate Assembly (DA) members and NJEA DA alternates for the 2021-23 term. In addition, members will elect delegates to the NEA-Retired Conference (NEA-R) and NEA Representative Assembly (NEA-RA) for 2021 and 2022.

To provide voters with candidate information, the March NJREA Newsletter will contain a color 2-by-2-inch passport photo and a statement from each candidate—this applies to both NJREA officer and NJEA DA candidates. As per election policy, candidates must supply the required size and style photograph and a brief statement (50 words or less) before the Jan. 15 deadline.

Please note: Any statement exceeding 50 words will be shortened up to the last complete sentence, and any content following this will be eliminated by the NJREA Editorial Committee. If a candidate does not supply a color 2-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 stipulates 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.

In a normal election year, 15 signatures are required on any candidate’s nominating petition. However, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NJREA on Sept. 24 adopted the following policy for this election only:

“Until such time as the Officers and Executive Board determine that in-person meetings can be safely held, there shall be no requirement to obtain member signatures on nominating petitions. Candidates may self-nominate by filing the appropriate petition.”

Each candidate’s signature and PIN number on the petition for NJREA officer, NJEA DA and DA Alternate positions must match the name and PIN number as it appears on their NJEA/NJREA membership card to be valid.

Association officers’ terms run from Sept. 1, 2021-Aug. 31, 2023.

Offices include:


First vice president *

Second vice president*



NJEA DA delegate

NJEA DA alternate

*All NJREA officers, as indicated by the asterisk, are automatically elected as delegates to NEA-R and the NEA- Retired Conference in 2021 and 2022.

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

Completed officer petitions must be received in NJREA’s office no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2021. Forms may only be mailed to the address on the petition. All forms will be available on the NJREA website after Nov. 4, 2020. 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 on the NJREA website only. ALL forms and photos must be mailed and received in the NJREA’s office no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2021. All candidates must submit the correct petition for the NEA-R/NEA-RA. Any incorrect forms will be disqualified.

A candidate’s name on self-nominating forms must reflect the name and PIN number as it appears on their NJEA/NJREA membership card.

Those elected will serve as delegates to the 2021 and 2022 NEA-R, held in Denver, Colorado, and Dallas, Texas, respectively. 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 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 determined by NJREA’s Elections Committee.

Candidates must mail completed forms to the address provided, and a 2-by-2-inch passport photo must accompany the form. Again, candidates are urged to call to confirm receipt of their petitions before the Jan. 15 deadline.

Balloting commences in March. Watch for candidate statements, photos 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, visit the NJREA website at Should you have an issue, contact Cathy Raffaele at 609-599-4561, ext. 2300.

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