NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s not often that an election results in a tie. But that’s what happened in the city’s Board of Education election in April, an outcome that has forced a special run-off race.
To break the tie, the polls will once again open in New Brunswick, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, June 20.
At stake is one three-year seat on the city school board. Emra Seawood, a longtime board member and former board president, will face challenger Yesenia Medina-Hernandez in the special election.
The contest follows an April 25 school board election whose unofficial results crowned Medina-Hernandez the winner by just one vote.
Then, on May 12, a recount undertaken at Seawood’s request unearthed a previously overlooked vote for the candidate, according to officials.
In the end, Seawood and Medina-Hernandez each received 156 votes in the regular election, according to officials.
The candidates will vie for third place in tomorrow’s run-off election. Three three-year terms and a single one-year term were up for grabs in the 2017 school board election.
Incumbents Dale Caldwell, who has since been voted board president, and Patricia Valera won three-year seats.
Diana Solis, meanwhile, won the uncontested race for the one-year seat, which is the remainder of a term left vacant after a resignation.