Newark re-elected four incumbents to the city’s Board of Education by a wide margin on Tuesday while approving the school budget by a massive 92% margin.
Dawn Hayes led the voting with 2,590 votes, followed by Asia Norton (2,440) and Vereliz Santana (2,349).
They defeated a rival slate of Yolanda Johnson (488), Nadirah Brown (425) and Philip Wilson (362).
In a special election for an unexpired term, incumbent Daniel Gonzalez held his seat by a 2-1 margin over challenger Sheila Montague. Gonzalez won 1,839 to 965, a 66%-34% margin. Montague had the backing of a faction opposed to Mayor Ras Baraka. Gonzalez won the North Ward by a 10-1 margin.
Santana is well-known as an aide to Senate President Pro-Tempore Theresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and a former member of Baraka’s staff. Gonzalez is a former Newark Public Schools Treasurer and Newark Director of Finance under Mayor Sharpe James.
The Newark school budget passed, 2,299 to 207.
In Fairfield, voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to enlarge two elementary schools.
The ballot initiative lost, 206 to 787, a 79%-21% margin.
Irvington passed their school budget by an 89%-11% margin, with three incumbent Board of Education members running unopposed.