MILLBURN, NJ - A day after the election, three candidates who appear to have won seats on the Board of Education expressed their enthusiasm for the job ahead.
Dr. Eric Siegel, the incumbent, was re-elected and will be joined by newcomers Rupali Wadhwa and Raymond Wong.
Candidate Elliot Cahn drew the lowest number of votes and will not serve on the board.
The Essex County Clerk’s office has not yet issued final results, as e-mail and provisional ballots still must be counted, but the three top contenders held a commanding lead.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who came out to vote despite the obvious difficulties imposed by the storm damage to our community,” Siegel said. “I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to serve for a second term on the Board of Education. I look forward to working with our two newly elected members.”
He added his thanks to fellow board members Sam Levy and Mark Zucker for six years of dedication and hard work for the community.
Wadhwa said she is looking forward to serving the community and “helping out as much as I can with my skills and expertise.”
“I am really excited to work hand-in-hand with other members of the board,” she said.
Wong said he appreciates all the candidates’ efforts in running respectful and honest campaigns.
“It was great to see such community turn-out for the election last night and democracy in action,” he said. “I look forward to starting to work with the current BOE members, administration, teachers and parents."
Cahn congratulated the winners.
“They ran a respectful and honest campaign,” he said. “I know Rupali, Raymond and Eric will make us all proud.”
A total of 11,285 votes, including 46 write-ins, were cast at township polling places.
According to tallies released last night, Siegel won 3,464 votes. Wadhwa 2,803 votes, Wong 2,799 votes and Cahn 2,173 votes.