SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Unofficial results are in for borough elections. Absentee ballots still need to be calculated. Three seats are open on the borough council along with two seats on the Spotswood Board of Education. Both elections saw newcomers taking seats over incumbents.
Suzanne Krainski will take one of the seats on the BOE. Krainski finished second in the voting behind incumbent Mariellen Chasan. Current Spotswood Board of Education President Dulce Branco-Rivera finished third in the voting. Branco-Rivera has served on the BOE for the past eight years. It was a tight race for the BOE with Chasan coming in first with 1,387 votes and Krainski finishing second with 1,381 votes. Branco-Rivera had 1,161 votes.
Charlie Spicuzzo won the borough council race with 1,320 votes. The Spotswood native previously served on the borough council from 2008 to 2012. William Kraemer came in second in the race with 854 votes. Kraemer is a newcomer to the borough council and is the Deputy Coordinator for the Spotswood Office of Emergency Management and the Spotswood CERT Coordinator. He has lived in the borough for the last 20 years and has been on the Spotswood Planning and Zoning Board for the past decade. Councilman Ted Ricci keeps his seat on the council, finishing third in the voting with 854 votes.
Long time councilman Curtis Stollen loses his seat, finishing fourth in the voting with 777. Stollen has served on the borough council since 1998. Dawn Crandall was fifth in the voting with 726 and Marylin Israel was sixth with 548.
"I'd like to thank the residents for giving me their support," Spicuzzo said. "I look forward to serving the borough to the best of my abilities. I'd also like to congratulate all the candidates who ran."