SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Election results are now finalized in the borough after mail-in ballots have been calculated. Charlie Spicuzzo won the borough council election with 1,499 votes and Suzanne Krainski came out on top in the Spotswood Board of Education election with 1,635 votes.
William Kraemer and incumbent Ted Ricci take the other two open borough council seats along with Spicuzzo while incumbent Mariellen Chasan takes the other available BOE spot. Long time borough council member Curt Stollen lost his re-election bid as did Spotswood Board of Education President Dulce Branco-Rivera. Stollen was a councilman since 1998 while Branco-Rivera served on the BOE for the past eight years and is the current president.
Spicuzzo, Kraemer and Ricci's borough council seats carry a four-year term while Krainski and Chasan's BOE seats have a three year term.
The final vote tally for the borough council was a follows:
- Charlie Spicuzzo - 1,499
- William Kraemer - 986
- Ted Ricci - 959
- Curt Stollen - 935
- Dawn Crandall - 865
- Marylin Israel - 660
The final tally for the Spotswood Board of Education was as follows:
- Suzanne Krainski - 1,635
- Mariellen Chasan - 1,626
- Dulce Branco-Rivera - 1,350
Both Krainski and Kraemer were newcomers to the political realm, coming away with big victories.
"I feel energized and so excited for this journey," Krainski said of her BOE victory. "I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I am looking to create more transparency and better communication within the district."
"I would also like to congratulate Mariellen Chasan and thank Dulce Branco-Rivera for her years of dedication and service to our school district," Krainski continued.
"I hope I showed parents the power of their voices," Krainski added. "If something isn't right, speak up, let your voice be heard. When we all work together for the betterment of our children, our teachers, our schools and our community, we are unstoppable! Thank you to everyone that has supported me. I promise I will not let you down."