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David Weinstein, Candidate for Moorestown BOE

Weinstein, first elected to the board of education in 2009, is the only incumbent in the race.

General Information

Name : Mr. David A Weinstein
Date of birth : 22 August 1971
Place of residence : Moorestown

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : Ithaca College
Degree : BA
Year of graduation : 1993

Advanced Degrees

University : Rutgers University - Camden
Degree : JD (Juris Doctorate)
Year of graduation : 2000

Employment Information

Job titles held : NA
Employers : NA

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Moorestown Board of Education
Chamber/district: Moorestown
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 21 April 2009
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

URLs

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/#!/DavidWeinsteinForMoorestownBoe

Other facts

I am the only candidate with proven experience. I have a background in public finance, and during my tenure on the board of education, tax relief has been provided to the citizens of Moorestown, with . In addition, the board was able to address drastic reductions in state aid, and during the same time was able to climb to become the . I was raised and educated in Moorestown. I am a father of three, who understands the value of a Moorestown education, and I continue to enjoy the benefits of a Moorestown education, as does my wife, Susan. I want to assure that the value of a Moorestown education is upheld so my children and your children can enjoy the benefits a Moorestown education has to offer.

Independent and FED UP September 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I am voting NO to ALL incumbents, I am TIRED of this two party screwing up of our country!!!!!!! NO to Obama, NO to Menendez, NO to Runyun, NO to Obrien and Gargano, NO to Weinstein!!!!!
D. George September 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM
David Weinstein is an excellent member of the Board of Education. His education, knowledge, and experience are assets that are irreplaceable in guiding our students and school district and in representing the community ( yes that means taxpayers).
Ed Nice September 14, 2012 at 02:30 PM
And how is it that Dave Weinstein has done anything to screw up this country let alone our town. Last I checked taxes have stayed neutral for the last 3 years which Dave is a part of it being a incumbent. Isn't that what everyone wants, to get control of the school taxes. No one on the board can control the costs of benefits, and guess what folks there going up again this year. I am getting tired of people trying to bring politics into this election for BOE. The board as it stands now has done a great job on controlling costs but now we can't keep losing services. I want to know if anyone has any thoughts on how to retain the kids services while keeping our taxes neutral. I don't know that it can happen. I am not interested in hearing from the cowards with all the solutions but not willing to run and post under fake names. I would like to see some responses from the candidates.
MHS Alumnus September 14, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Hey Ed, is that your friend "maxi" ? Btw- are you doing a alumni rallying stand for Dave? FYI- didn't Governor Christie help to make no tax increase, with his support for Moorestown taxpayers?
David September 14, 2012 at 05:37 PM
MHS Alumus. I will stand by my record while on the school board. Two years ago the board was faced with an open teachers contract, turmoil in the district, and bugetary constraints due to a sudden loss of school aid the previous year. The board was looking at a very minor increase in taxes, and when we received additional funds from Trenton, days before the mil rate was to be struck, the board decided unanimously to rebate those funds to the taxpayers, instead of doing what 90+% of the districts in the State did, which was reserve the funds for future expenditures As a result there was a zero percent tax increase. This past year, even though we passed back the additional State funding from the previous year to the tax payers, the board unanimously approved a budget that again had a zero tax increase. Education cannot happen without funding, but funding education without making sure every penny is absolutely necessary to the education of our students makes us twice the fool. I have and will continue to work with those from all parties, whether a Democrat or a Republican, just ask Kevin O'Sullivan.
MHS Alumnus September 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Just quick questions, since others have asked, Would the Board of Ed cut taxes like town council could? Would you or Kevin publically endorse any of the canididates running? Thanks
Pete September 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I don’t care if candidate is Rep or Dem. It is qualifications and the ability to run a business, which is what the BOE does. Ed states “No one on the board can control the costs of benefits.” While this is quite true, it does not mean that taxpayer liability need be out of control. The BOE does have the ability to require employees to participate i.e. contribute to their benefit costs, and via similar means, limit the total salary and benefits package of the employees. They just need the will to do it.
Ed Nice September 15, 2012 at 04:10 AM
And Pete how do you expect to force a tenured teacher who is under a contract to pay more of their benefits. It's not so easy forcing someone to give back what they already have especially when they are under the school union. It is the insurance companies that continue to raise the cost year after year that really have been causing a lot of this mess. Yes one way to save money would be to get ride of teachers which in turn means less services for the kids. That's not really the answer to me. We can just hope to stay neutral at this point and call that a victory. I would love to see teachers benefits get more in line with the rest of the general working public. I just don't know how anyone would be able to get us there. All I do know is we need to elect the people to the board that you would be willing to have on the board running your personal business. The school system is a multi million dollar business that needs to be run efficiently while giving us the best product possible with in a budget.
Pete September 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Of course you can’t renege on past commitments, and we have no control over what we pay the state for benefits. I’m not suggesting that we force any give-backs (although some USA towns, in bankruptcy, have had to resort to these draconian measures). Virtually all of private industry recognized this dilemma years ago, and eliminated defined benefit retirement plans in favor of 401k plans. The employee then has the responsibility to manage their future and not just wait for a taxpayer supported check every month. This should be easy for our highly educated teachers and administrators. Here’s an idea: Let’s get creative on the next contract and negotiate more employee participation in benefit costs like NJ law did a couple of years ago. If we don’t take action now, to reduce future liabilities, the problem will never be solved and we’ll be yakking about this forever.
Tax Playa September 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
@Pete- What are your thoughts about this pledge to reform the Pension System. @Dave- what are your thoughts? Would you make this part of your platform? http://www.njtanews.blogspot.com/2012/09/sign-pledge-for-fairer-pension-system.html
Ed Nice September 15, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Pete that sounds all great, do you remember it took 2 years to settle the last contract. They didn't even want to pay the 1.5% which in these days is a joke .... but still something in the right direction. I agree it needs to change. I think the best way to ever get it done is with the new hires. Eventually teachers will retire and no this won't really help us now but over time it will make it easier on our future residents. Then again maybe the union will surprise me and be willing to take more salary in exchange for paying more into their benefits. I just would hold my breath. Though it is supposed to be all about the kids!
Ed Nice September 15, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I was wondering when Tax Playa would come out and play!!! Good question! HAs anyone yet responded?
MHS Alumnus September 15, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Good questions Ed. Wonder if Dave or Pete or other boe candidates would answer our questions?
Ed Nice September 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Alumnus or Pete ??? Isn't that like asking yourself to answer your own question? I really don't give a hoot what Pete thinks, he isn't running for anything! I would be happy to hear from the relevant people running for positions! I do though wonder what the MRC want's the BOE to do, cut teachers pay or the kids services? Seems they want to tell their candidates what to do so I guess we need to know where they stand.
David September 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Would I support pension reform, yes, the pension costs in this State are very high and need to be addressed, however, such a change can only come from Trenton.
Pete September 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Of course you have to start with the new hires and I don’t think the union will argue too much. If you don’t plan for the future, the problems will stay with us forever. Union leadership is concerned with keeping the benefits for the senior members, and protecting bad teachers by not having a real performance evaluation. Take more pay in exchange for paying more into benefits = taxpayer still pays! “It’s for the children” really means “it’s for the union leadership”
Proud Dad September 27, 2012 at 12:19 AM
FED UP - Your an absolute fool. Please buy a book without pictures, stay home and read something intelligent on election day. Stop filling your mind with such reactionary reasoning. Nothing more scary than a fool and their faulty political generalizations.
Proud Dad September 27, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Absolutely correct.
John K October 24, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Dave, You have my vote!

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