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Romaine Graham

Essex freeholder seat goes to Irvington school board president

Romaine Greer will replace Lebby Jones, who died in January

By David Wildstein, February 06 2019 10:39 am

Irvington Board of Education president Romaine Graham is expected to fill a vacancy on the Essex County Board of Freeholders.

The at-large freeholder seat opened last month following the death of incumbent Lebby Jones (D-Irvington).

Graham, a longtime Democratic county committeewoman, was the recommendation of Irvington mayor Tony Vauss.  She is currently the secretary to the mayor.

Essex County Democrats will hold a special election convention on Saturday at Irvington High School.  Graham has the backing of Essex County Democratic chairman LeRoy Jones and is expected to run unopposed.

There will be special election in November to fill the remaining fourteen months of Jones’ term.

Adam Kraemer, a teacher who ran for the District 4 freeholder seat in 2017, is circulating petitions to run as the Republican candidate.

Essex Republicans have not won a countywide freeholder race since 1971, when State Sen. Geraldo DelTufo (R-Newark) won a seat.

Graham was first elected to the school board in 2011 and was the top vote-getter when she ran for re-election to a third term in 2017.

She will need to resign from the school board to take her seat as a freeholder, triggering an April 2019 special election to fill the remaining year of her term.  The Irvington Board of Education will also need to elect a new president.

The filing deadline for the school board election is February 25.

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