UNION, NJ – In the race for three Board of Education seats, candidates Nancy Minneci and Guy A. Francis were the clear winners on Election night among the eight individuals running.

The race for the third seat was between the incumbent Mary Lynn Williams and challenger Jeff Monge. 

On Election Day, Minneci received 3,100 votes; Francis 3,081, with Williams at 2,579 and Monge at 2,547.  No other candidate was within one hundred votes of Monge.

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Today, the Board of Election counted two types of ballots to finalize the vote:  the vote by mails received by close of business Thursday and the provisional ballots cast on Election Day at the polls.

After those counts were completed, Minneci received a total of 3,161; Francis a total of 3,180.  In the competitive race for the third seat, Williams received 2,644.  Monge’s challenge fell seven votes short at 2,637.  After today’s final count, no other candidate came within one hundred votes of Monge.

While unofficial, this completes the ballot counting process with Minneci, Francis and Williams as the unofficial winners of the Union Board of Education race.  The next step of the process is for the Union County Clerk to certify the ballot which is anticipated to be done on Wednesday, Nov. 13.  Candidates will then have until Monday, Nov. 21, to pursue a recount if they so choose.