Incumbents Brendan Galligan and Kent Diamond easily won re-election to the Westfield Board of Education tonight, with just newcomer Charles Gelinas winning the third seat in an election where turnout is at about 16%.
With 100% of the vote counted, Diamond finished first with 2587, followed by Galligan (2,546) and Gelinas (2,470) . Brian Crawford (1,339) and Dyanna Pepitone (1,32) were defeated.
It’s not clear how many provisional ballots were cast, or the number of vote-by-mail ballots that were postmarked by 8 PM this evening but have not yet arrived at the Union County Board of Elections.
The school budget referendum passed with 64% of the vote. Westfield had moved their school elections to November more than a decade ago but moved them back to April last year after deciding they would rather seek voter approval of their annual budget than be limited to a two percent cap on spending increase.
Galinas won the open seat of Michael Bielen, who did not seek another term.
To put Westfield’s voter turnout in perspective: the state’s largest city, Newark, produced slightly under 5,000 votes in today’s contested school board election, a turnout of about 3%. Newark has more than six times the number of voters as Westfield, where roughly 4,019 voters turnout today.