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County Clerk removes a Lyndhurst BOE candidate from ballot due to filing a faulty petition

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A candidate for the 2-year unexpired term on the Lyndhurst Board of Education, newcomer Anthony Dell ‘Aquila, publicly released a letter he received today from the Bergen County Elections Clerk. The letter confirms Dell ‘Aquila’s legal objections to the petitions filed by opposing candidate Vincent Acosta were valid arguments pointing out legitimate errors and therefore Acosta will not appear on the November 5 ballot in 2019.

“I think it’s important, especially after the careless financial mistakes made by the Board of Education in recent years, that candidates for a change demonstrate thoroughness and honesty while running, and then, if elected, continue to do so while serving on the school board,” said Dell ‘Aquila. “If a candidate can’t properly file a legal petition to run for the Board of Education, that indicates that the candidate probably is not prepared to be entrusted as one of nine Lyndhurst School Trustees who approve millions in taxpayer spending every year.”

Dell ‘Aquila campaign materials

Here is the letter from the Bergen County Clerk’s Elections Office sent to Vincent Acosta, removing Acosta from the Lyndhurst Board of Education ballot:

From: Electionsclerk <electionsclerk@co.bergen.nj.us>
Date: August 6, 2019 at 10:18:26 AM EDT
To: Vincent Acosta


Subject:Objection to V. Acosta Nomination Petition for Lyndhurst BOE

Dear Mr. Acosta:

            On July 25, 2019, the Office of the Bergen County Clerk (the “Bergen County Clerk”) received the Nominating Petition submitted by you on that date to be included as a candidate on the ballot in the November 5, 2019 General Election for the unexpired two (2) year term on the Board of Education for the School District of the Borough of Lyndhurst, Bergen County, New Jersey (the “Acosta Nominating Petition”).  

            As you were previously notified by the Bergen County Clerk, a written objection questioning the validity of the Acosta Nominating Petition was timely submitted to the Bergen County Clerk by Anthony Dell ‘Aquila (the “Objection”).  Copies of both the Acosta Nominating Petition and the Objection are being provided herewith for your ease of reference.

            Upon an initial review of the Acosta Nominating Petition, the Bergen County Clerk concluded that the Acosta Nominating Petition included a total of eleven (11) signatures, satisfying the number of signatures as is required by N.J.S.A. 19:60-7.  However, upon further review of the Acosta Nominating Petition, along with the submitted Objection, the Bergen County Clerk has determined that the individuals included as signatories on lines 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10 in the Acosta Nominating Petition are not registered to vote in the Borough of Lyndhurst, Bergen County, New Jersey and, as a result of this determination, the Bergen County Clerk has concluded that the Acosta Nominating Petition only contains six (6) valid signatures, which is insufficient and fails to satisfy the number of signatures to be included in the Acosta Nominating Petition as is required by N.J.S.A. 19:60-7 in order for the Bergen County Clerk to accept the Acosta Nominating Petition and to place you as a candidate on the ballot in the November 5, 2019General Election for the unexpired two (2) year term on the Board of Education for the School District of the Borough of Lyndhurst, Bergen County, New Jersey.    

            In conclusion, based upon the above, the Bergen County Clerk has deemed the Acosta Nominating Petition to be invalid and the Acosta Nominating Petition shall be, and by this correspondence is, formally rejected by the Bergen County Clerk for failure to satisfy the requirements of N.J.S.A. 19:60-7 and you shall therefore not be included as a candidate on the ballot in the November 5, 2019 General Election for the unexpired two (2) year term on the Board of Education for the School District of the Borough of Lyndhurst, Bergen County, New Jersey. 

            Please be guided accordingly.

Sincerely,

Bergen County Clerk’s Elections Division

One Bergen County 

Plaza Rm 130

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: 201-336-7020

Fax: 201-336-7005




Dell ‘Aquila now faces off against long term BOE incumbent Stephen Vendola, one on one, Tuesday, November 5.

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