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Unofficial School Board Election Results

Election results broken down by ward.

See the attached document for the unofficial results of the 2012 Board of Education Special Election. Westfield Town Clerk Claire Gray said the official results are usually the same and should come from the County Clerk’s office within a day or two.

Westfield Parent September 25, 2012 at 04:54 PM
This was a complete wipe-out. Not a single ward, not a single district, not even the absentee ballots, went the other way. I have never seen any election results like this. I solute you, my fellow Westfield citizens! By the way. Patch Editors, shouldn't the title of this piece be "Unofficial Bond Referendum Special Election Results"?
Maria B September 25, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Goes to show you that times are tough in Westfield and the WEA better be prepared for no raises next year. Clearly that's what the people want.
Mike Nemeth September 25, 2012 at 06:35 PM
The county Freeholders are moving forward with the development of the former Oak Ridge golf course, plotting "improvements" that may cost upwards of $25 million. Where does the money come from for this? If it's a new bond, meaning more debt, shouldn't the residents of Union County be able to vote on this just like the Westfield School Bond issue? Are county Freeholders allowed to borrow and increase taxes at will? http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2012/09/little_has_changed_at_oak_ridg.html
Kelly September 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
This is so unfortunate for all our kids. I appreciate the efforts of all our board members and those in support of this bond. Clearly a loss for our town.
The Duke September 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM
The results for Ward 4 - where the High School is located - were over 80% "no", a much larger percentage than Wards 1-3. The conclusion I draw is that the residents in that area do not want a lit turf field in their back yards. The BOE needs to expend a greater effort selling this idea to those residents and reassuring them about the effects on property values, the increased auto and pedestrian traffic and measures for minimizing mischief. Once they are satisfied, that effort will spill over to the other Wards. But clearly, the roofs and the field should be separate election questions.
JERSEY GIRL September 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Are you kidding? How can you say there is no negative outcome from a Lit field in your neighborhood? Where is the money for overtime for the PD going to come from to manage traffic during these events? What about the people who live on Rahway to First Street? Dont you think they will have non stop cars parked in front of their homes? These are streets where children live. Now we have to worry about them getting hit by a car trying to find a parking spot? Look at the mess Spring fling causes two times a year on the north side of town, Those poor people who live by the Y- this would be the norm for the south side residents, There is nothing positive about having a lit field... lets be for real!

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