In Low Turnout Election, New Brunswick School Budget Passes 201-73

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–According to unofficial results, the Board of Education's $197 million budget was approved by a nearly 3:1 margin.

According to, the final tally including mail-in votes was 201-73.

Turnout was low yesterday, mostly because only three candidates were running for three open seats on the board.

Incumbents Dale Caldwell and Emra Seawood earned the support of 280 and 277 voters , while political newcomer Patricia Varela came in a close third with 275 votes.  According to, 19 write-in votes were cast.

The three will be sworn in to serve three-year terms on the school board at the May 6 board meeting in New Brunswick High School's auditorium.


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