PATERSON, NJ- The Paterson Board of Education is set to get two new faces in January, following what is expected to become an “official” tally of the November 6 election on Wednesday. While ballots cast in polling places across Paterson put current Commissioner Vincent Arrington and Eddy Pichardo on top of their rivals, sources familiar with both campaigns, as well as the counting process, have said that Robinson Rondon and Eddy Olivares are now poised to serve in the two one-year positions that were up for grabs.
The Passaic County Board of Elections has yet to certify the results, an action that the office is expected to take in the coming hours.
A campaign operative who helped orchestrate Rondon and Olivares’ win told TAPinto Paterson that both men are “thrilled and excited” to take the positions and look forward to continue serving local school children in their new capacity as Board of Education members.
Rondon, who spoke of his role as a youth pastor at the Paterson Youth Council candidate forum in October added that he hopes to be able to more closely align the Paterson Public Schools with the local faith-based community to provide additional after school services and extra curricular activities to local youth.
Taking to Facebook to concede that the results didn’t add up in his favor Arrington left little mystery to his future plans saying that he “will be back” and will continue to serve Paterson Public Schools and Paterson followed up later with “countdown to 6000 in 2019 by helping one student or family one at a time.”
As of Friday, according to the unofficial results, the top vote getter in this year’s Board of Election campaign was Commissioner Manny Martinez, Jr. garnering a total of 6,906 votes.
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