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Kids First Officially Win School Board Elections

With all the votes counted, the Kids First candidates have officially won the school board elections.

Mail in ballots and provisionals have not altered the outcome of the elections on November 6.

This means that the three Kids First candidates — Tom Kluepfel, Jean Marie Mitchell and incumbent Ruth McAllister — have secured their seats on the board, guaranteeing the slate's super majority on the board.

The total results, according to the Hudson County Board of Elections, are as follows:

Kluepfel: 4,259 votes

Mitchell: 4,097 votes

McAllister: 4,216 votes

The Move Forward candidates — the opposing ticket made up of Anthony Oland, Elizabeth Markevitch and Felice Vazquez — gained votes with

Oland: 3,499 votes

Markevitch: 4,019 votes

Vazquez: 3,481 votes.

Independent candidate Patricia Waiters got 1,284 votes.

HobokenReformer November 29, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Claire, things that happened 2 days ago are not news anymore. This is the 21st century where people have easy access to new information via mobile devices. If you want to become relevant as a news source, you got to get with the program and report things when they are happening, not several days later.
Hobbs November 29, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Congratulations to the entire KIDS FIRST team. Well done. :-)
Andy November 29, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Congratulations - almost a month later. I'm surprised certain people in town didn't suddenly "find votes" to flip the results.
DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV November 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Don't be sure there was not an effort to muster up lots of votes to upend the election. Today's feature on the views of some of the people on both sides of the BoE race: http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2012/11/boe-election-rivals-weigh-in-on.html
oldguard November 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Where's the increased particpation because this election was held in November? With the way the vote change advocates were crowing, I would have expected at least 10,000 votes for the top vote getter. I don't think moving the elections will have the impact desired.
pdq November 29, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Super majority is a non sequitur.
Journey November 29, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Here are the last 5 school board election totals. Draw your own conclusion about turn out. 2012 24,900 2011 10,523 2010 9,941 2009 15,056 2008 11,215
pdq November 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I think the impact desired was met. The intention of the move to November elections served to save money for the school board and taxpayers. Which is exactly what it has done.
mcgato November 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM
This year's results are above, but 4097 votes got 3rd and a board seat. Last year's April election results are below: 1980 votes got 3rd and a board seat. Carmelo G. Garcia 2,296 Clifford Godfrey 1,327 Jean Marie Mitchell 1,358 Steve Feinstein 1,247 Frances Rhodes-Kearns 1,980 Patricia Waiters 278 Peter Biancamano 1,996 When there is strong evidence that certain groups can buy upwards of 500 votes by mail, plus more to show up on election day, it is easy to see why they wanted to maintain a low voter turnout. Easier to buy an election when only 2000 votes are needed to win a seat.
Ojo Rojo November 30, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The winners in 2010 got something like 1,500 votes each. The winners in 2011 got closer to 1900 I believe. This election the winners got over 4,000 votes.

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