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Sacco slate wins 10-1 in North Bergen school board race

Baraka slate wins in Newark, Labrosse takes Hackensack

By David Wildstein, April 17 2018 8:48 pm

Three three incumbent North Bergen school board candidates endorsed by Mayor/State Sen. Nicholas Sacco crushed a slate of candidates backed by likely 2019 mayoral challenger Larry Wainstein tonight.

23 candidates appeared on the ballot for the three Board of Education seats.   Sacco candidates were way out in front: Claudia Rodriguez (3452 votes), Sam Jaafar (3,365 votes) and Ruth Shaw (3,394 votes).

The Wainstein slate finished way behind: Zeneida Larios (279 votes), Viviana Salcedo (229 votes), and Adelaida Rivera (305 votes).   Since candidates in school board elections are not bracketed, the ability to get voters to pick out 3 names out of 23 contenders took an impressive level of organization.

The three candidates for the Newark Board of Education who had the strong backing of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and North Ward City Councilman Anibal Ramos  won in a landslide: Dawn Haynes (4,868 votes), Asia Norton (3,888 votes), and Yambeli Gomez (4,584 votes) easily won.  Finishing fourth in the field of thirteen candidates was Jameel Ibrahim, who received just 942 votes.   Haynes, Norton and Gomez received key help from political strategist Mo Butler, who served as a broker within the school reform community — an enormously important voting block in Newark education politics.

“Today, Newarkers voted to move our schools forward.  I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work with the newest members of the school board – Dawn Haynes, Yambeli Gomez and Asia Norton – to ensure the 55,000 children of our city received the high-quality education they deserve,” said Michele Mason, the executive director of the Newark Charter School Fund.

In Hackensack, three candidates backed by Mayor John Labrosse seats on the Board of Education, defeating a slate supported by former Mayor Jack Zisa.  Frances Cogelja (883 votes), Lancelot Powell (867 votes) and Carlos Velez (911 votes) defeated incumbents Jason Nunnermacker (514 votes), Mark Stein (532 votes) and Daniel Carol (595 votes).

Incumbents Edward Spencer, Diana Solis and Ronald Hus were re-elected to the New Brunswick Board of Education.  Hus finished third, 97 votes ahead of challenger Jad Kaado.

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