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Board of Education Election Still Being Discussed

schoolhouse1PERTH AMBOY – 6/8/16 Council Meeting – Board of Education Candidate Junior Iglesia thanked the Council for keeping the election in November and saving the City over $100,000 by doing so. Iglesia also mentioned that the current Board of Education Vice President Israel Varela said in a NJ.com article that they are still trying to move the election to 2017.

Resident Stanley Sierakowski came up to speak about the judge’s rulings on the Board of Education Election dates. Sierakowksi stated, “It was misleading to say that the judge said the election had to be held in November. The election can be held in April 2017.”

A teacher from the district came up to speak to support the election to be held in November. “The schools will be closed,so it makes sense to have the elections held then.”

Board of Education Candidate Tashilee Vazquez who is running on the same ticket as Iglesia also thanked the Council for moving the Board of Education election back to November. She also wondered:

“When is the Board of Education going to move the election to 2017? Will they give the public a chance to comment?”

Vazquez also talked about the last time the Board of Education ran their elections in April, the top vote-getter received a little over 600 votes. When their elections were moved to November, the top vote-getter received over 2000 votes.

Businesswoman Virginia Lugo opposed the Board of Education election being held in November. She stated, “This should be a separate election for the Board of Education because it has become too political. It’s too confusing for people to have to vote with so many contests being held at the same time.”
Resident Gregory Pabon said, “I’m not running for anything. It saves money when the Board of Education election is held in November. I would like to see the Council to do something about getting back $85,000 for the special election that had to be held because of fraud that was committed.”

Resident Alan Silber spoke next about the Board of Education election candidates. “I didn’t even know who was running for the Board of Education until I saw a rally that was being held in Bayview Park for the Mayor’s ticket. I actually like some of the people who are running.” He alluded to the fact that City property should not be used for political purposes.

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