Sometimes the will of the voters just doesn’t matter.
Delran Board of Education president Glenn Kitley was defeated for re-election last November, finishing last in a field of four candidates for three seats. He lost by 889 votes, 3,434 to 2,545, to 18-year-old Rutgers freshman Colin Rafferty.
Later that month, school board member Melanie Goodwin-Ogozalek resigned from office. The remaining board members than appointed Kitley to fill her unexpired term.
After that, the school board re-elected Kitley as their president despite his rejection by local voters.
Word is that Kitley was the only applicant for the Goodwin-Ogozalek seat, leading to some speculation that the process for filling the vacancy was not thoroughly transparent.
This could be a Burlington thing: after freeholder Linda Hughes lost her bid for re-election in 2017, Republicans appointed her to replace Ryan Peters (R-Lumberton), who had been elected to the State Assembly. Hughes then lost again in 2018.
For political trivia buffs: Hughes held two freeholder seats without ever winning a countywide election. She was appointed freeholder in 2017 after Maryanne O’Brien resigned to become Burlington County Surrogate. O’Brien and Republican Bruce Garganio lost re-election in 2012 but returned to the freeholder board to fill vacant seats. Garganio lost again in 2017.