Gloucester Township, Camden County
On Tuesday November 8th, the residents of Gloucester Township not only went to the polls to vote for President of the United States, but also came out for their local school board candidates. In an unprecedented local election, there were 13 candidates vying for 3 GT school board positions.
Included in that field was 2 incumbents, that have served their town, but were allowing the system to take GT down a very costly path. The result of that election has led to candidates that were not previously part of the system.
Jennifer O'Donnell had already been attending the school board meetings for the past several years, questioning the board about not only decisions that the board was making, but how much it had already been costing the taxpayers of the township. She has been an Independent voice, but with the backing of others at those same meetings.
Gloucester Township has also seen the birth, and uprising of a "tax revolt" organization, due to the huge tax increases over the past 6 years, that has come about from the "business as usual" practice of the establishment, that has been in complete control for those same 6 years. So it seems only fitting that someone should begin to rise from that community based organization. The people of that group surely came out to show their support as the results have clearly indicated.
Along with O'Donnell, the people of Gloucester Township elected 2 other newcomers to the board. Tracey Lynch, and Joseph Angeloni will be joining the GT school board when they reorganize in January. The two are not known participants of the tax revolt organization, or previous office holders, so it seems that they will also be able to bring fresh new ideas to the board. It is the hope of many that the 3 new school board members will not only improve the system, but will openly answer many of the unanswered questions that have been presented in the past that have remained, unanswered. It is believed that the "establishment" and the "system" was the issue, certainly not personal
The 2 incumbents, that were not re-elected to the board are Linda Gilch, and Ellen Reese. The people of Gloucester Township thank them for their years of service to the board, the residents and the children that they served.