PATERSON, NJ - Ten days after voters went to the polls the ballots for three seats on the Paterson Board of Education have officially been counted.

According to final tally made available on Friday Corey L. Teague was the top vote getter 4,011 votes, followed by Vincent Arrington who garnered the support of 3,802 voters. While Teague’s and Arrington’s victories only had to be made official by the Board of Elections it was the race for the third and final seat that was still in question. 

By a margin of just eight votes current Board member Emanuel Capers held on to his seat over first-time candidate Dania Martinez by a count of 3,517 to 3,509.

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In a letter to the editor published by TAPinto Paterson Teague assured voters that his victory was only the beginning of his efforts. “I want you to know that the work starts now. I am here for you and I’ll continue to advocate on behalf of you children.”

Seemingly ready to put his campaign platform into action, Arrington, who returns to the Board after a brief hiatus, said that his first priorities will be “cost containment, pushing for full funding, and seeking more grants for the district.”

Arrington added that he will also be advocating for more technology for students, including the use of technology based intervention programs to get students on grade level.

“I’m excited to serve all the students of Paterson again,” he concluded.

While Capers did not respond to a request for comment prior to the publication of this story he, in a Facebook post, indicated that the slim margin of victory was symbolic as the number eight stands for “new beginnings.”

“Let’s continue the work we started,” Capers, whose victory gives him a second term on the body, said.

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