Brenda Brathwaite of Atlantic County, Anita Kober of Hudson County, and Peter Moran of Hunterdon County were elected to the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors to represent NJEA members. Members of the NJEA Delegate Assembly (DA) are responsible for electing state directors.
The NEA Board of Directors is responsible for setting general policies between annual NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA) meetings. It consists of at least one director from each state affiliate, at-large directors to meet representational guarantees, and representatives for students and retired members. Each state is entitled to an additional director per 20,000 active and life members.
NJEA is currently entitled to nine state directors. In addition, NJEA member Ashanti Rankin of Cumberland County is a nationally elected at-large director. He was resoundingly re-elected to that position at the 2020 NEA RA, capturing over 92% of the vote in a field of 18 candidates for nine positions. (See Page 17.)
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NEA director elections were conducted through mail balloting with DA members from May 22 to June 5. Under DA rules, a candidate for NEA director must receive more than 50% of the valid ballots cast in order to be elected.
Brathwaite won in the first round of voting. A run-off election was held between June 9 and June 23, resulting in Kober and Moran receiving the required majority.
Other NEA directors, whose terms as New Jersey representatives are set to continue are James Frazier Jr. of Union County, Deanna Nicosia-Jones of Cumberland County, Robert LaMorte and Sue McBride of Bergen County, Kimberly Scott-Hayden of Essex County, and Marilyn Weeks of Middlesex County. Completing terms and going off the NEA Board of Directors are Richard D’Avanzo and Ann Margaret Shannon of Union County.