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Salem Nuclear Power Plant in Lower Alloways Creek, NJ. (Photo: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission).

After town forgot to run an election in November, a new school board member is elected

By David Wildstein, January 25 2023 12:40 am

Joyce Massey won a two-year term on the Lower Alloways Creek Board of Education on Tuesday, receiving 92 votes in a special election in which she had no opponent.

The special election in Lower Alloways Creek was ordered to fill the unexpired term of Walter Sheets, who resigned in June.  The election should have been held on November 8, 2022, but the school board never notified Salem County of the vacancy.

Taxpayers had to foot the bill for a special election that attracted 114 votes – 20 write-in ballot were cast – a turnout of 9% of 1,274 registered voters.

Property taxes in Lower Alloways Creek (pop. 1,717) are among the least expensive in New Jersey.  That’s because PSEG operates three nuclear reactors there, including the Salem Nuclear Power Plant.

Lower Alloways Creek is also one of roughly 30 dry towns in New Jersey where the sale of retail alcohol is prohibited.

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