The Atlantic Highlands Herald invited each of the candidates for office to school boards and governing bodies in Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Middletown and Sea Bright to respond to a series of questions about themselves to better inform our readers about their campaigns. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 22. We will post their responses individually and make them available in our Politics Section.
November 2, 2021 – General Election
Profile Date: 10/22/2021
Candidate Name: Jaime Sanacore
Age (as of Election Day): 40
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Position Sought (term): Middletown Board of Education
Party Affiliation or Banner: Non-Partisan Election “Putting Children First”
Family: I am married 15 years to Richard Sanacore and together we are raising two girls (fourth and fifth grade) who attend Lincroft Elementary School.
Education: I am a graduate of the University of Rhode Island
Occupation: General Manager, Amazon Transportation Services
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office: none
Campaign Website or Facebook page: www.vote2and3boe.com
Why are you seeking office?
I am running for the school board in Middletown because I know that I have the management and leadership skills that complement my passion and commitment to serve the students, parents, community members, educators and school staff of this community. I’m a parent who wants to be confident that our tax dollars are funding the very best public school education for our children to be successful adults. I want to be a voice for others who also have the best interest of Middletown students in mind. This means ensuring safe school buildings and grounds, inclusive classrooms and an academically focused curriculum.
The most important issue facing our school board is continued cuts in state funding and how those cuts impact the infrastructure (aging buildings, dated technology, staffing and retention) of our educational system in Middletown.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
- Advocacy for safe in-person learning
- Partnership to promote the best resources within our student services department for diverse learners
- Appropriate oversight and preventative maintenance of our buildings
- Evaluation of capital improvements and technology investments
- Consistency in how district policy is applied throughout different schools
- Transparency and candor in decision making
- Most of all – encouragement of a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all students with a focus on academic excellence
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I’ve spent my career transportation, supply chain and logistics from production, to fulfillment, distribution, and final mile delivery (getting packages to your door step). I have managed new construction projects and building expansions with budgets +100M. I have negotiated union contracts. I implement technology solutions, including robotics to promote safety and efficiency in work flow. I work to successfully create multi-skilled workforces of individuals with disabilities – including those who are deaf, blind, and physically challenged. I have also had to lead large teams through difficult situations. I protected business with continuity plans when we faced severe weather events, data breaches and technology failures, product and food recalls and most recently labor shortages. My experience and skills will translate into common sense decision making when it comes every day challenges and long-term strategic issues facing our schools.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I am a lifelong volunteer and come from a family of public servants which include teachers, nurses, and police officers. I have served on non-profit boards in the past so I know how to communicate with diverse groups of people who may have unique perspectives and successfully find common ground to serve in the best interest of the community while balancing a fiduciary responsibility. I’m a mom that believes in a public school education and I will do everything in my power to protect the institution that afforded me the success I have achieved.