HACKENSACK, NJ -- The Hackensack Smart Schools slate will pick up at least two seats on the city's Board of Education after Tuesday's election, with the third spot still up for grabs with more votes to be counted and a potential recount looming. According to unofficial results provided by the City Clerk, Board President Lara Rodriguez and Scott James-Vickery were the top two finishers, with 993 votes and 927 votes, respectively. Board Vice President Tim Hoffman is currently in third with 867 votes, however he holds a lead of only 11 votes over Ira Goodman who received 856 votes. An unknown number of provisional ballots are yet to be counted and mail-in ballots are still being received by the County Board of Elections. The results could hang in the balance, and a recount is possible.
Rodriguez and James-Vickery released a statement thanking voters for their support, but emphasizing that the results were not yet final and that their running mate Goodman should not be counted out yet.
"We sincerely thank the voters for their trust and confidence and pledge to work together with all concerned parties to address the very real issues facing our schools today," Rodriguez and James-Vickery said in a prepared statement. "However, this election is not over. Ira Goodman trails by a handful of votes and provisional ballots have not even been counted yet. We will be watching this situation closely and we believe that a recount is very likely."
Hoffman's running mates Yvette Washington-Irving and Basim Ahmad trailed the leaders, receiving 844 and 702 votes, respectively. The team has not released any public statement on the election at this time.
Voters approved the annual school budget by a vote of 776 to 697.