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Ron Hush & Diana Fajardo Win School Board Seats in Landslide

Two Candidates Supported by Existing Political Machinery Will Join Board of Education
Board of Ed Building
Two new members will be joining the city's Board of Education after today's election. Charlie Kratovil

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Polls closed at 9pm tonight after a chilly and memorable special school board election.

As we reported earlier, five candidates faced off today for the two open seats.  They are the first two seats on the board to be elected offices.  Previously, the city's mayor appointed the entire board.

In a landslide, the two candidates who were supported by the political establishment won decisive victories over their opponents.

Ronald Hush won with 515 votes, including mail-in ballots already processed by the county.  Jerry Mercado came in second with 211 votes, and Martin Arocho came in last with 110 votes.

Diana Fajardo won her race with 520 votes total, besting her only active opponent Cedrick Goodman, who earned 226 votes.  Antonio Finney, who dropped out of the race to support Goodman, still earned 28 votes because he did not withdraw his name from the ballot on time.

Here are the unofficial results, sorted by most popular polling place:

  TWO-YEAR TERM ONE-YEAR TERM
Polling Place RONALD
HUSH
MARTIN
AROCHO
JERRY
MERCADO
CEDRICK
GOODMAN
ANTONIO
FINNEY
DIANA
FAJARDO
Woodrow Wilson School 85 6 33 9 7 89
Lord Stirling School 79 9 33 28 5 69
St. Mary's 58 19 42 45 4 69
Board of Education HQ 44 23 17 23 0 49
Senior Citizen Center 57 4 12 11 0 62
Rutgers Labor Ed Center 35 7 6 2 4 37
NB Middle School 18 15 7 7 1 17
Lincoln School 14 6 14 13 0 18
Providence Square 23 0 4 10 0 16
Dept. of Public Works 9 4 12 16 0 6
Hungarian Heritage Center 14 7 3 11 2 12
First Reformed Church 10 1 10 7 1 13
Schwarz-Robeson 10 3 7 7 3 8
RooseveltElementarySchool 7 6 3 8 0 5
Election Day
Total
463 110 203 217 28 470
Preliminary Mail-In Votes 52 0 8 9 0 50
TOTAL
(%)
515
(61.6%)
110
(13.2%)
211
(25.2%)
226
(29.2%)
28
(3.6%)
520
(67.1%)

 

District-by-district totals were not available and will never be because most voting machines served several districts.