Paterson NJ Board of Education election 2022 is low key

PATERSON – Three incumbents are among seven candidates running for seats on the Board of Education in what is an unusually low turnout in a state known for its high-profile political battles.

For decades past, Paterson’s school races have been conducted with all the political machinery that towns around town reserve for their major struggles: campaign signs, write-ins, lawsuits and candidate forums.

But all those few forces were in Paterson’s 2022 school election. This reporter spent 30 minutes driving around different sections of the city on Tuesday and could find no sign of any of the candidates.

Paterson Board of Education headquarters.

So far, there has only been one forum or discussion, a virtual event organized by the parents of the village. Incumbent Corey Teague, who is running for the fifth school board election in 10 years, said the various city groups typically hold six or seven forums or discussions, sometimes with more than one on the same night.

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